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How to Lead a Neurodiverse Team is a brand-new course which we are launching in Autumn 2023.
There has been a huge increase in the awareness of neurodiversity across the globe, with a corresponding increase in understanding, acceptance and inclusion. This has led to more neurodivergent people speaking out and feeling less like they need to ‘mask’ their differences by acting in a more neurotypical way.
This course aims to raise candidates’ awareness around neurodiversity and the benefits it can bring to a workplace, as well as how to successfully support a neurodivergent person to achieve their full potential at work.
Please contact the training team to be added to the waiting list for this course.
Neurodivergent is a term used to describe someone whose brain functioning is not neurotypical, or ‘average’. It is an umbrella term which encompasses any person diagnosed with a neurological condition, such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and more.
Neurodiversity is the concept that these brain differences are natural variations, that we are all different and that these differences are not deficits or impairments.
Having a neurodiverse workforce has huge benefits; diversity is key to the development of any organisation and neurodivergent employees often have highly desirable skills and attributes. They can empower a workplace, encouraging creativity through their new ideas, fresh perspective and ‘outside the box’ thinking.
However, as with any team member, it is important to be able to recognise individual strengths and weaknesses and understand any challenges they may face. This will enable you to support them to be comfortable and successful at work.
The Equality Act 2020 states that employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to support people with disabilities within the workplace. However, this is only a legal obligation when a formal diagnosis has been provided; it is highly likely that there are many more neurodivergent people within their workplace who have not been diagnosed, or perhaps do not realise it. Raising awareness and becoming a more inclusive workplace will potentially help these employees to develop too.
Probably the simplest answer here is just to ask. Everybody is different and neurodivergence can take many forms.
Enabling a neurodivergent candidate to thrive in the workplace will not only benefit them, but everybody within that workplace too. Some simple adjustments which can be made include:
Physical adjustments to accommodate any sensory needs
As a manager, having a supportive, flexible approach plays a huge part in ensuring neurodivergent employees have a positive workplace experience. Through understanding, communication and regular feedback, employers can shake off the stigma and stereotyping previously associated with neurodivergence and help their employees to reach their full potential.
How to Lead a Neurodiverse Team is designed as a broad overview and understanding of neurodivergence in the workplace. However, we are also able to offer more specialist courses such as Leading Autistic Colleagues launching in the Autumn.
Article by Naomi Wistow, Training Advisor
To reserve a space on this course and to find out more information contact email@example.com or call 01427 420 405