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Neurodiversity in the Workplace


What exactly is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways (Baumer & Frueh, 2021). Everyone has differences in how they learn and function and most people have special talents or areas that are a struggle for them. Neurodiversity recognizes these differences and the fact that in some cases, the differences may be more pronounced than in others.


Some currently recognized conditions include:

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyspraxia

  • Dyscalculia

  • Mental Health

  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Autism Spectrum Condition

  • Asperger Syndrome


As businesses and HR continue to promote Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, it is important to note how HR and business leaders CAN make a difference for neurodiverse individuals. When implementing a plan for DE&I programs, it is essential to keep the following pillars in mind:

  • Each Neurodivergent individual is different and unique

  • Standard processes and policies do not work – be prepared to make adjustments!

  • Even the smallest of changes can make a huge difference for someone (hiBob, n.d)


As business partners, we understand how easy it is to get too far into the weeds on some things. DE&I programs are the way of the future as culture continues to be at the forefront of business strategies. We see HR being invited to the table more and more to ensure these initiatives are met, which is a big piece of what drives the passion within our Synergy team. By demonstrating that your organization is making the adjustments to include all individuals regardless of their neurodiversity, you are showing that the culture within your organization is one of inclusivity and accessibility.


Sometimes, to move forward within an organization, we need to take a few steps back, take attendance, and ensure everyone is on the bus. When the entire team comes together and everyone can work at their full capacity, incredible things happen. Some of the greatest minds of our time have been thought to be neurodiverse. Perhaps it is time we revisit procedures to ensure these individuals have accessibility. It could be the key to allowing some innovative and groundbreaking things to happen within the business this next year.


If you or someone you know needs some support with neurodiversity in the workplace, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Synergy. Our incredible team of consultants is here to help you build a great workplace and move your business forward.




References


Baumer, N., & Frueh, J. (2021, November 23). What is neurodiversity? Harvard Health Blog. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/what-is-neurodiversity-202111232645


hiBob. (n.d). How HR can support a culture of neurodivergent inclusion. https://www.hibob.com/guides/neurodiversity-inclusion-hr/#:~:text=inclusive%20organizational%20culture.-,What%20is%20neurodiversity%3F,these%20differences%20are%20more%20pronounced.

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