How can neurodiversity support the workforce and what should you be looking for?

Nowadays most people would say they would be on some sort of spectrum and that none of us are perfect, other than me of course! No seriously, I think it would be hard to classify anyone as completely normal now that we understand the range of diversity and how many of these natural differences in us are often hidden pools of talent.

Post Brexit many of the larger employers have had to relook at their recruitment strategies and how they support candidates who may present with any one of the ranges of complex diversities, which could include, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or more well known as ADHD, which I know many people are now able to identify as undiagnosed but can recognise many of the symptoms in their behaviours over the years. You don’t have to look too far on TikTok or Instagram to find influencers who identify as neuro-diverse. Two of the most famous billionaires, and entrepreneurs identify as neurodiverse. Elon Musk is known to be diagnosed as Autistic and this brings a unique perspective and strengths. Richard Branson is well known to have said his dyslexia is a superpower and it was that which gave him an edge in his business life.

Here are three great ways to ensure an inclusive recruitment strategy will help you to get the best from every candidate.

  1. Look at your existing workforce and work with any who identifies as neuro-diverse and encourage them to share their experiences to help support new members joining the team.
  2. Once on this path, get up to date with the Equality Act 2010, as there will be a legal responsibility of the business not to discriminate, there may be a need to make ‘reasonable’ adjustments to the workplace
  3. Try and use positive and inclusive language all the time, not just when interviewing and attracting new talent.

Although it can present new challenges, there are many benefits from becoming a destination employer, both from a loyalty and retention point of view, but also from building your brand values and what your customers learn about you as an employer.