Don’t Silence Your Talent is a practical guide for HR professionals and business owners who want to work collaboratively with deaf employees and harness the talent in their diverse workforce. Businesses are recognising that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential for success. Victoria Williams brings the focus to one specific underrepresented group in this new book.
As the Founder and CEO of terptree, a business with “a mission to change the world for deaf people”, Victoria Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Throughout her two decades of working in the deaf community, Victoria has seen how deaf employees can feel left out at work. Victoria’s background is also personal as she names her deaf cousin, Max, as a major influence in her mission to create a more inclusive world.
In Don’t Silence Your Talent, Victoria provides guidance on how to create an inclusive workplace for deaf employees. This valuable resource provides readers with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by deaf individuals and practical solutions for removing the barriers that limit their potential. It provides insights into building a highly engaged team by tapping into the often-overlooked pool of diverse talent, providing strategies for creating an accessible working environment, including considerations for workspace, equipment and safety. Additionally, Victoria emphasises the importance of clear and consistent communication to ensure that deaf employees do not miss out on critical information.
Beyond these foundational elements, the book delves into fostering an integrated team while recognising and respecting the distinct cultural differences between deaf and hearing people. One example of how to achieve this is by taking deaf awareness training, which can result in improvements in the relationship between deaf and hearing employees, establishing a truly harmonious and inclusive workplace.
Through the guidance offered in Don’t Silence Your Talent, readers will discover how, with some of these small changes, businesses can see significant improvements in the performance and loyalty of deaf employees. It is an essential resource for any business seeking to build a more inclusive and supportive environment for its workforce.
Don’t Silence Your Talent: Unleash the value of your deaf employees by Victoria Williams is out now, published by terptree publishing, priced £8.99