Talent scarcity is changing the way businesses hire new employees. Widening your search and being open
hiring people who think differently is incredibly beneficial to businesses of all sizes. As part of our
continuing diversity & inclusion (D&I) journey, we are learning more about the world of neurodiversity
Neurodivergent people have many skills that other people don’t. Retaining information, logical thinking
uncommon focus are just a few of the ways in which people think differently. With just a few tweaks to
current workplace, you can utilise this pool of untapped potential. It has been shown that companies
strong D&I policies enjoy better staff retention, more innovation, productivity and profit.
Below are some key takeaways from our recent whitepaper report on navigating neurodiversity. For a more
in-depth understanding you can read the full whitepaper here: Navigating
How to Find Neurodivergent Talent
Write inclusive job descriptions
- Take the time to define the exact needs of the role, don’t assume because you have an old job
- Separate ‘must haves’ from ‘nice to haves.’
- Only use phrases like ‘excellent communication skills’ or ‘attention to detail’ if they are truly
core to the role.
Include a neurodiversity positive statement. Be explicit that you are happy to discuss reasonable
Be clear and concise, avoid jargon.
Ensure fair selection
- Cast your nets wide, don’t just keep going over the same candidate source.
- Acknowledge internal biases. Make sure your processes are designed to find the right people and not
just the people you are comfortable with.
- Don’t penalise the past – avoid discounting people with breaks in their educational or work
Beware of automated systems – these can automatically exclude potentially high performing
neurodivergent candidates who don’t fit the mould.
Make Interviews Fair
- Give detailed instructions on how to get to the interview, well in advance.
- Hold interviews in a quiet, distraction free environment.
- Ask direct questions.
- Be tolerant of different body language, social styles, and eye contact.
How To Accommodate Neurodiverse Employees?
- Provide condensed, need-to-know information in a variety of formats.
- Spell out unwritten conventions like work hours and break times.
Making small tweaks to your workplace can make a big difference to helping neurodiverse employees thrive
In addition to our Whitepaper; Navigating
Neurodiversity, here are some more links for
in learning more about neurodiversity:
What is Neurodiversity: https://www.differingminds.co.uk/
Neurodiversity in the workplace: https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/resources/neurodiversity/
Differently Wired: https://differentlywired.co.uk/
Neurodiversity Hub – Resources for Employers: https://www.neurodiversityhub.org/resources-for-employers