Alastair Campbell, Texthelp

Why should you support neurodiverse staff?


Do you have neurodiverse staff in your organisation? Neurodiversity should not be approached as - ‘it is the right thing to do’. There are so many benefits for an organisation - most that you will not be aware of.


Neurodiversity is an umbrella term for a group of hidden disabilities.  A non-exhaustive list might include dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, dyspraxia, ADHD and others. The most common of these is dyslexia, which affects around 10% of people in the UK. 
 
We’re seeing increasing numbers of organisations all around the world creating competitive advantage by harnessing the power of neurodiversity.
 

So why should you support neurodiversity? 
 

  1. Legal Requirement

All employers are bound to and must adhere to supporting disabled staff within an organisation. Employers are obliged - under the Equality Act - to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to reduce or remove any disadvantage to that employee. These reasonable adjustments could help with making a job application, terms of employment, training etc.   
 

      2.  Increase workforce diversity

Your workforce should represent the diversity of your customer base. Understanding your customer needs are paramount to providing the right products and services within the society you serve. 
It’s worth looking out from another perspective. 
 

      3. Heightened and specific skill sets

Neurodiversity can also provide greater access to heightened and specific skill sets, talents and abilities. For example, a dyslexic employee can bring innovation, problem-solving, big picture thinking and also curiosity. 
Did you know GCHQ (MI5) seek to recruit spies and codebreakers who have dyslexia? They recognise that the dyslexic brain has a unique ability to solve complex problems and see situations from a different perspective. It has been proven that this group can spot patterns others do not see. 
 
Surely the benefits mentioned in this blog are worth adding to your own organisation. 
 
Like what you’ve read? Here's the steps you can take to help neurodiversity in your workplace.
 

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