Understanding Colour Vision Deficiency in the Workplace: Why it Matters for Employee Wellness

As the working world continues to evolve, employee wellbeing has become a crucial consideration for organisations. The pandemic has brought about an always-on approach to work, especially as many of us spend more and more time behind our screens. With increased workloads and responsibilities, it is important to address the long-term consequences of these changes on employee wellbeing.

One aspect that is often overlooked is the impact on employees who suffer from Colour Vision Deficiency, commonly known as colour blindness. This condition affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide, with around 2.7 million colour-blind individuals in South Africa alone. People with colour blindness often have difficulty distinguishing certain colours, and those with total colour blindness can only see things in black, white, and grey.

Colour blindness can affect a wide range of jobs, from accessing information on websites and documents to operating machinery and equipment. Employers and businesses should, therefore, consider accommodating employees with colour blindness in their processes and procedures, ensuring that any outputs, such as brochures, presentations, and equipment, are suitable for everyone.

OLED displays, which use organic light-emitting diodes, may be better for people with colour blindness because the RGB spectrums are narrower than LCD filters. OLED displays also have adjustable pixel independence, making them a suitable option for many vision research applications.

ASUS offers a range of OLED laptops and desktops designed with employee wellbeing in mind, including those with Colour Vision Deficiency. The brand’s state-of-the-art products, such as the ASUS ExpertBook B5 Flip OLED, ProArt Studiobook, and soon-to-be-released ASUS ExpertBook B9 OLED, ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to realise the career they have envisioned for themselves without any technological barriers.

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