After a long hiatus, I have moved to a new blog on WordPress and renaming the blog from “Empower The Talent” to “ Redefining Trails”. I decided to make this change because I felt that this is be needed and I wanted to start new again. I will be eventually closing my other blog on Blogger.It was a nice run on Blogger, but it was time for me to move to a better place.
Onward, I would like to get into a discussion about “Concentration Fatigue”. You may ask, “ What is Concentration Fatigue?”
The definition of Concentration Fatigue is:
“ caused by heavy amounts of concentration required during normal day-to-day activities.It usually kicks in when deaf people have to lip-read, sign or listen to somebody for a long period of time.”
Let’s imagine that you have a deaf/Deaf/HOH co-worker. Your department does back to back meetings on a daily basis. Now typically, a workday is 8 hours in a day where everyone gets very tired at the end of the day. However, for someone that is deaf/Deaf/HOH can be very exhausting! Imagine having to listen to meetings, networking with other professionals, and using phone on the job. Being a deaf/Deaf/HOH professional is not an easy task! But somehow, we still get our work done well!
It is good to be aware of this issue as a hearing co-worker or employer. To a D/deaf and HOH employee, hearing is a lot of work and takes a lot to learn how to manage concentration fatigue. However, there are things that employers can do to help minimize concentration fatigue.
Tips to help workers with D/deaf/HOH workers to minimize Concentration Fatigue:
- Offer accommodations. Many accommodations are available to assist D/deaf and HOH workers understand communication effectively.
- Make the environment deaf friendly. Face them when talking, be mindful of lighting conditions, avoid noisy areas, and etc.
- Try not to take it too personally if the person isn’t talking too much. They may be very tired from a long day of listening from working.
In addition, there are tips for D/deaf and HOH employees in reducing chances of Concentration Fatigue:
- Try taking breaks between the down times throughout the day.
- Change your environment: Avoiding noisy areas, use visual information such as captioning and pictures, and communicate with people using assistive technology.
- It can help to change positions when you are talking to someone. For example, try suggesting to sit in a round table when it comes to group conversations. That way you can see everyone’s faces to lip read better.
Concentration Fatigue can be a problem for D/deaf and HOH professionals in the workplace. It can hurt a D/deaf and HOH employee’s productivity if it is left unchecked. However, if everyone can have an open conversation on how to minimize Concentration Fatigue. It would be a good start on creating a deaf-friendly and aware workplace in an organization.