Neurodiversity is a broad range of naturally occurring variations within the human brain. These variations are present from birth, and some can begin to be noticed as early on as 1 year old, but some can go undiagnosed for a person’s entire lifetime. The stigma behind neurodiversity comes from a lack of knowledge, leading to many harmful misconceptions about those with these differences.
Although there is a huge range of differences, some of the ones we are most familiar with are autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and Tourette syndrome (TS).
But what about neurodiversity in the workplace?
With the right support, hiring neurodiverse people could actually benefit your company more than you realise. Their distinctive way of thinking can be a real asset to the team, beyond just their day-to-day roles.
So, without further ado, here are 5 ways that making neurodiverse hires could benefit your business.
1. A different way of thinking
When it comes to solving problems, it is often a fresh perspective that can fix them. Neurodiverse brains receive, process, and interpret information differently, meaning their perspective can make room for more unconventional approaches and possibilities, that others may not have considered.
2. Loyalty and retention
When supported correctly, neurodiverse employees are more likely to stay in a long-term job. With their needs being met, why risk moving to a company that doesn’t provide adequate support? Thus, saving you the time and money that goes into recruiting and training new hires.
3. Education and acceptance
Taking on a neurodiverse employee can also benefit you and the rest of your team more personally. We don’t often bother to spend time learning about things that don’t affect us, so hiring someone with a neurological difference, gives you a chance to better yourself and grow your knowledge to create the best environment for them.
4. Comfort in familiarity
Often neurodiverse people are happiest in roles that most of us cannot stay focused on. Roles that are methodical and repetitive can be perfect, as it provides a familiarity that allows their mind to stay focused, whereas a neurotypical brain could get bored or frustrated. Thus, providing value where it’s needed most.
5. Structure and organisation
Neurodiverse brains often require structure, organisation, and routine to stay at their most productive. Creating planners, schedules, and to-do lists keeps their day flowing smoothly, and this can often rub off on other employees or trickle down through all parts of the company.
These are just 5 tiny reasons you shouldn’t overlook neurodiverse people when making your next hire. Being neurodiverse doesn’t mean being incapable. After all, it’s the one thing Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, and Bill Gates have in common.
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