Neurodiversity as an employer

How to create a thriving environment for both neurodivergent and neurotypical employees 

Neurodiversity is the collection of neurodivergence conditions that can impact an individual. While these conditions may not impact intelligence, they can have an effect on the way in which an individual processes or completes task. However, it is important to understand that these shouldn’t take precedence when it comes to hiring.

 

Neurodiverse conditions include but are not limited to ADHD, Dyslexia and Asperger’s of which can be classified as high functioning.

What can you do as an employer?

Consider structured training for neurodiverse employees to help give greater reassurance and guidance, particularly when it comes to communicative tasks such as meetings.

Support individual needs to help neurodiverse employees excel. For those with OCD, an organised workspace may be best to ensure they have complete control over their working environment. This may mean more flexibility over working from home.

Educate neurotypical employees. The best way to help neurodiverse employees thrive is to ensure a safe working ecosystem. Some neurotypical employees may be oblivious to behaviours that may be triggering for the neurodiverse or simply might not understand

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