Do you think you are neurodiverse? Do you wonder what it would be like to work with a neurodivergent colleague?

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Having personally benefitted from an inclusive workplace, I want to share some insights from my experience.

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What does it mean to be neurodiverse?

Neurodiversity is the idea that people experience and interact with the world in many different ways, and differences are not viewed as defects.

Being neurodivergent means having a brain that works differently from the average person's, leading to different challenges and strengths.

Some conditions that fall on the neurodiversity spectrum are:

  • ADHD

  • Down's Syndrome

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyspraxia (coordination issues)

  • Discalculia

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Having a neurodivergent workforce benefits companies

The benefits of having an inclusive, neurodiverse workforce are greater than ever due to technological advancements.

  • Neurodiverse employees are usually loyal to a good company.

  • Neurodiverse employees may have qualities such as empathy and creativity.  

  • Neurodiverse workplaces have reported higher productivity and higher success rates.

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It's important to support neurodiversity in the workplace

People with neurodevelopmental differences may feel excluded in the workplace.

To foster a more inclusive workforce, managers should be trained and encouraged to offer 1-to-1 support.

True inclusion and acceptance of who people are neurodiverse creates a safe and judgment-free environment, allowing everyone to be themselves at work.

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Workplaces can become more inclusive by:

  • Promoting and demonstrating empathy, kindness, and patience

  • Providing noise-blocking headphones for a person who finds noise overstimulating

  • Offer flexible working arrangements

  • Allowing standing desks, doodling, fidget toys, and stress squishers

  • Establishing quiet areas, quiet times, & flexible break times

  • Communicating concisely and as needed

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If you or a colleague could benefit from these options, approach your People Operations/Human Resources department or manager and advocate for a more inclusive workplace.

Managing neurodivergence at work

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Meet Smith. He was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Smith is learning to manage his day-to-day life at work by:

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  • Using lists, diaries, and reminders, and setting aside time to plan so that he can stay organized

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  • Eating a balanced diet with plenty of brain-friendly foods and avoiding sugar

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  • Getting at least 6–8 hours of a good night's sleep and a nap before 3 PM

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  • Trying to exercise or walk for 30 minutes every day

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  • Turning off screens an hour before bed


Smith finds it difficult to focus due to some construction noise at work. How can the workplace help Smith? Select all that apply.

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