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By Heather Suttie
We live in a world where diversity is celebrated, and inclusivity is a driving force behind positive change. When talking about diversity, equity and inclusion, the main groups that many employers look at are gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. However, one aspect of diversity that often goes unnoticed is neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity encompasses a range of cognitive differences, such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD, among others. It affects approximately 15-20% of the population, including individuals from all walks of life. It’s time to shine a light on neurodiversity and explore the benefits of creating a neuro-inclusive workplace.
Angela Prentner-Smith is the founder and MD of This is Milk and the woman behind the neurodiversity ed-tech platform Neve Learning. She shares her personal insights on embracing diversity and unlocking potential.
By Heather Suttie
When Chancellor Jeremy Hunt suggested a default return to the office to encourage water cooler moments and foster creativity, he failed to acknowledge the challenges faced by neurodivergent employees in the traditional office environment.
For many, the office can be the least productive place, where social signals and hidden context can be overwhelming. Instead, remote or hybrid working is what allows neurodivergent talent to thrive and actively contribute to the workplace.
To understand the role of the environment, let’s consider a useful analogy. A cactus thrives and blooms in the desert but may struggle to survive in a different climate. We wouldn’t consider the cactus broken or in need of fixing; we would recognise that the environment wasn’t suitable for it to reach its potential. Similarly, neurodivergent individuals require adaptations to their work environment to thrive.
Flexible working, accelerated by the pandemic, has shown that productivity doesn’t solely rely on physical presence. Online platforms have facilitated team building and idea generation, allowing neurodivergent employees to contribute effectively to meetings.
The chancellor’s remarks perpetuate the myth that productivity is tied to physical presence and overlook the need for workplace accommodations for neurodivergent individuals.
Presenteeism, the act of showing up physically without being engaged or passionate about the work, leads to demotivation, inefficiency, and disengagement. It results in missed deadlines, poorer quality work, more mistakes, and decreased attention to detail.
THIS is Milk, the award-winning tech company successfully hosted their highly anticipated Milk Bar event last month. The event, held at Impact Arts in Glasgow city centre, centred around the theme of psychological safety in the workplace.
This free event, open to all, aimed to provide attendees with valuable insights on fostering a psychologically safe environment where authenticity and inclusion thrive. Notably, the event raised £320 in support of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity.
Psychological safety is a crucial element in cultivating a productive and inclusive workplace. It refers to the sense of safety employees experience when taking risks and sharing their ideas without fear of negative consequences. By prioritising psychological safety, organisations can surpass the mere goal of diversity and actively foster a culture where all individuals can flourish.