Neurodiversity at Work: Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce

  • 6h 22m
  • Amanda Kirby, Theo Smith
  • Kogan Page
  • 2021

An organization's employees are its biggest competitive advantage. Performance gains can be achieved through cost saving, process improvement or technology adoption, but the biggest difference is made by people. This means that recruiting, engaging and retaining the very best talent has never been more important.

Crucially, these employees should be a diverse group of people with different approaches, skills and strengths in problem-solving and driving innovation. As well as focusing on gender, race, age and class, it is critical that businesses also develop a neurodiverse workforce if they are committed to outperforming the competition and achieving sustainable business growth.

Neurodiversity at Work is a practical guide that explains what neurodiversity is, why it's important and what the benefits are. It covers how to attract, recruit and engage neurodiverse talent and provides guidance on how to adapt HR policies, processes and workplaces to ensure that all employees, including the 2 in 10 employees in the UK who are neurodiverse, can reach their full potential.

Neurodiversity at Work is packed full of case studies from leading organizations like Microsoft who are already seeing the productivity, performance and financial benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace. Individuals in these companies are also experiencing benefits in their working environments. Also featured are interviews with prominent figures in the neurodiversity community and people who have successfully adapted their HR processes for neurodiversity, including members of the ND@IBM Program and the Head of People and Culture at Autotrader. With tips, advice, examples and 'how to' actions in every chapter, this is essential reading for every HR professional.

In this Book

  • Why Neurodiversity is Important
  • Labels: What Do they Mean?
  • Categories and Spiky Profiles
  • Eliminating Kryptonite and Enabling Superheroes
  • Pre-employment: The Lost Demographics
  • Policies and Procedures: What's the Legal Stuff All About?
  • How Can Employers Attract Neurodiverse Talent in Recruitment?
  • Apprenticeships, Internships, Work Placements and Hiring Schemes
  • Interviews and Assessments
  • Making Workplace Adjustments
  • Induction and Onboarding
  • Line Management Means Having Good Conversations
  • Everyday Meetings, Conferences and Seminars: Planning to Be Neuro-Inclusive
  • Champions, Staff Networks and Communities: How to Succeed in Being An Inclusive Workplace
  • Future Workspaces and Workplaces
  • Next Steps! Inclusion, Equity and Diversity = Belonging: No One Fits Into One Neat Box
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