Neurodiverse workspaces are places that are adapted to people who are neurodivergent. For many people it’s important they can feel part of the society they work in.
Being ‘useful’ can help with confidence, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. That’s why our Portsmouth-based Into Work Service helps neurodiverse people find jobs. We’re proud to work with employers who want a more diverse and inclusive workforce and assist them in making small changes to be welcoming.
Here we will list a few things to consider when making your workspace an inclusive and safe environment. They’re not big and can be quickly adopted.
Create a culture where individuals feel comfortable to disclose and talk openly about their neurodiversity. Upskill your workforce by providing training for all so that neurodiversity is better understood.
Attract a pool of Neurodiverse employees
Make adjustments during the recruitment process and identify ways to alleviate anxiety. This is a common feeling during interviews for candidates with neurodivergent qualities. Consider advertising in a way that reaches out to neurodivergent individuals.
Keep communication is clear
Avoid sarcasm and expressions that may be misunderstood or misinterpreted. This can go a long way. Neurodivergent employees will understand you more easily if you state your emotions and ask specific questions rather than open-ended ones.
Explore reasonable adjustments
In addition to providing reasonable adjustments to job candidates, you should be prepared to handle such requests from current employees who are neurodivergent. Adjustments you might consider include:
- noise-cancelling headphones
- quiet workspaces
- additional breaks
- special equipment/technological aids
While the tide is changing, many neurodivergent people still feel uncomfortable about disclosure. Choosing to disclose a neurodivergent diagnosis is a very personal decision that should be made by the employee, not the employer. It is important to handle any information relating to neurodiversity sensitively.
We offer a range of services in Portsmouth for people with learning disabilities, autism or neurodivergence. If you are interested in knowing more you can follow us on Facebook or email email@example.com