Rights for the Left Handed

Publication: HR Director

Last month saw the annual Left Handers Day with tweets hashtagged #lefthandersday posting pictures of the hardships left handers have to face daily – right handed scissors, desks and smudged hands thanks to right handed pads.

Although it is all in good humour, left handers are around 13 percent of the population, and as a recent study shows as few as a quarter of businesses provide specialist office equipment for left handed workers. It is not common for left handers to kick up a fuss in the workplace about these hardships and this may be driven by being brought up to cope in a right handed world; a worker may not speak up about their left-handedness. Any difficulties going unnoticed would therefore over time inevitably impact on the wellbeing of the left-handed employee. On the whole the right handed majority are ignorant to the advantages and disadvantages of day to day left-handedness in the office. For example it is little known that on a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand!

According to the research, 82.4 percent of employees…

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