Have You Considered the Impact of Neurodiversity?
- Date: Friday 23rd February 2018
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Did you know that around 10% of the UK population has been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or a form of autism?
What are your organisational arrangements to address special requirements and inclusion regarding neurodiversity?
As HR consultants, we usually hear about these cases when capability becomes an issue, because employers don’t feel equipped to deal with fluctuation of concentration levels, the impact on employee relations or to conduct challenges.
But being an ‘Equal Opportunities Employer’ (which is what most of us claim to be) means recognising the strengths individuals can bring to the team, often not despite of, but because of, thinking differently.
And yet, 72% of employers do not consider neurodiversity, with most them purposefully excluding candidates during the selection process. In most cases, this happens because employers have a fear of the unknown and there is still a common misconception that ‘different’ means ‘trouble’.
However, employers might be missing a trick by neglecting to spot the huge talent surge a neurodiverse workforce can inject.
The first steps to change can be as simple as:
- Remove jargon from job descriptions and keep things simple and straight forward. If you want to take this one step further and also cater for individuals with learning disabilities, organisations such as the Easy Read company can help produce more understandable paperwork: http://www.easy-read-online.co.uk/
- Set clear and simple objectives. Give clear and simple (and regular) feedback.
- Consider room layouts and lighting. Individual workstation assessments are the best way of doing this.
- Reduce noise from machines, printers, radios, etc. Your whole workforce can benefit from this. Provide ear defenders if required.
- Create break-out zones for thought-gathering and quiet time.
- Assign mentors who understand individual requirements.
- Line up additional support through occupational health, HR, the British Dyslexia Foundation or the National Autistic Society.