What to Expect
Workplace Needs Assessments
It’s entirely natural that you may have questions or concerns about your upcoming Workplace Needs Assessment, and what it will involve. We understand – we would too! With that in mind, we’ve put below some of the common questions we get asked…
What is a Workplace Needs Assessment?
Your workplace needs assessment is to enable your assessor to gain an understanding of your role, your strengths and the difficulties you are experiencing so that they can make suggestions for adjustments that may help you in your role. Suggestions may cover areas such as your working environment, working practices, assistive technology and support.
Where will it take place?
Assessments are currently carried out remotely, using software like Zoom or Teams, or by telephone. Your assessor will contact you before hand to understand your preferences and to make arrangements.
If your assessor is coming to you, we understand that it may not be appropriate to conduct your assessment at your desk – for example, if you work in an open office. Therefore, we’d suggest booking a meeting room or identifying a private space before-hand if possible.
Does my Manager need to be there?
Your manager doesn’t need to be present throughout the assessment – unless you’d like them to be of course – but it can be very helpful for everyone if your assessor can meet with your manager at some point in the assessment. This will help ensure that all appropriate adjustments are considered.
Will there be any tests?
Absolutely not – we promise!
How long will it last?
Depending on the situation an assessment can take between one and three hours.
Do I need to do anything before hand?
If possible, ensure there is a private space available, for example a meeting room or private breakout area. Other than that, nothing!
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have a diagnostic assessment then it helps to bring that along. Otherwise, no!
What happens afterwards?
Your assessor will produce a report recommending possible adjustments, including the rationale behind them and how they may be of benefit to you. This will be presented as a written report to your employer so that they can consider them and implement them as they deem practicable.
Hopefully these will help answer any questions you may have, but please feel free to call us should you have any other questions.