The benefits of a neurodiverse workforce

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There are many types of neurodivergence, and neurodiverse individuals should be made to feel welcome and valued in a workplace. Neurodiverse people bring huge benefits, strengths and skills to the workplace.

Types of neuro divergence:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Tourette’s

Strengths and skills that neurodiverse individuals can bring to the workplace

Staff loyalty

Neurodiverse employees are less likely to leave a job when placed within a role that they find suits them. Some companies have reported that they have not lost any key neurodiverse staff members for over ten years.

Individual thinkers

The ability to make decisions based on facts, not emotions. Despite some individuals struggling with social situations and social conversations, these individuals also have the ability to avoid getting caught up in office politics.

A natural curiosity to explore subjects

An ability to remember and consume large amounts of information around a subject of interest.

Neurodiverse individuals can see the bigger picture

This is an ability to problem solve from more than one angle, the ability to be able to remove the current barriers to thinking and creatively problem solve. More often than not a solution will be found and it will come from a place that was not thought of by the majority, yet once discovered will have seemed like an obvious answer.

Not afraid to take risks

Individuals with ADHD are not afraid to take risks, push boundaries and stand out from the crowd in order to achieve their end goal. Innovative thinkers with a desire to just give it a go rather than get bogged down with second-guessing and procrastination.

Ability to hyper-focus on tasks

Tunnel focusing can mean that there is strong attention to detail. It’s often the case that neurodiverse individuals can spot the small micro-details that others may miss when trying to problem-solve. Some of the best data analysts and computer coders are autistic.

High work completion drive

The need for tasks to be completed before taking on new ones will enable an individual to not become frustrated at repetitive tasks as quickly as others may.

A passion to share knowledge

Neurodiverse individuals are very passionate people and are very keen to share their knowledge with others. Individuals who are dyslexic have very strong verbal reasoning skills which make them great communicators and fast at forming connected relationships with others.

Just as there has been a big push for businesses to employ individuals of varying races and improve gender equality so the same is needed for neurodiverse individuals in the workforce.