Being diagnosed with neurodiversity is often portrayed as a disadvantage. However, as we come to appreciate the many different ways people see the world, employers are also enjoying the real advantages of hiring people who don’t think in traditional ways.
Here are some of the amazing skills and strengths neurodiverse employees bring to the workplace.
- Autism: Ability to concentrate
Many people on the Autism spectrum display high levels of concentration, hold detailed factual knowledge or technical skill and excel at repetitive tasks. Similar skills are also often seen in people with Asperger’s syndrome.
A report by JPMorgan Chase published in the Financial Times showed professionals in its Autism at Work initiative made fewer errors and were 90% to 140% more productive than neurotypical employees.
- Dyslexia: Creativity
People with dyslexia often display many of the most in-demand skills for the workforce of the future – leadership, creativity and initiative. While the ability to focus and be loyal are strong autistic traits, being creative and an out-of-the-box thinker can be a dyslexic’s contribution.
Instead of considering neurodiversity a disability, employers are now reframing neurodiverse employees as being differently-abled and bringing new perspectives to a company’s efforts – despite sometimes finding social interaction more challenging. In recognition of that value, employers are educating themselves better at providing support for these individuals.
- 4. A positive experience
Once an employer has worked with someone who is neurodiverse and has seen the benefits, they are more likely to hire further candidates with non-traditional thinking. They are also more likely to recommend a diverse hiring strategy to industry peers.
- 5. Loyalty
Neurodiverse thinkers have also aimed a reputation for being loyal employees. When care is taken to support these individuals, they are known to appreciate the efforts, stay working where they are comfortable and appreciated and are less likely to change jobs even in a tight market.
- 6. Business success
Harvard Business School research suggests that teams with neurodiverse workers in some roles can be 30% more productive than those without them. Inclusion and integration of neurodivergent staff can also boost wider team morale.