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  • Writer's pictureBaljit Kaur

The Power of Neurodiversity and Strengths-Based Strategies

A report from the Harvard Business Review showcases the value of a neurodivergent workforce, emphasising that their unique wiring can bring fresh perspectives to a company's efforts to create or recognise value.

Many neurodivergent individuals are hesitant to be open about their condition at work due to stigma and face various challenges. Employers often overlook opportunities to support neurodiverse employees due to a general lack of awareness and understanding.

Individual Support and Awareness

To address these challenges, it's crucial to raise awareness and change attitudes toward neurodiversity. Additionally, neurodivergent individuals should be treated as individuals, with line managers equipped with the knowledge and skills to support them effectively.

Building an Inclusive Environment

Authentic Openness: Fostering an environment of authentic openness is essential. Building trust and demonstrating empathy are key components of creating a workplace where neurodiversity is embraced.

Tailored Support: Managers can support neurodivergent team members by asking questions like, “How do you like to work? What tasks do you prefer/thrive on?” Tailoring support to individual needs promotes understanding and inclusivity.

Practical Strategies: Implementing practical strategies, such as testing different ways of allocating work to play to people's strengths and utilising tools like spelling checkers, can make a significant difference in supporting neurodiverse employees.

Strengths-Based Approach

Recognising Talents: A strengths-based approach acknowledges talents and strengths as much as challenges. Neurodiverse individuals bring valuable perspectives and abilities, including analysis, pattern recognition, attention to detail, and memory, that can drive innovation and productivity.

Personalised Management: Managers should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to neurodiversity and continually assess what works for individual employees. This personalised approach to management benefits all employees, creating a more motivated and productive workforce overall.

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