Do you have someone in your office who is incredible with detail but often seems difficult to work with on a social level? This experience is typical of someone who lives with neurodiversity. Some may be diagnosed, but many aren’t. The Nero-diverse are often unaware and confused by social protocols like innuendo and sarcasm; they do not read body language very well. But on the other hand, they are often very good with detailed tasks and mundane projects and usually very focused in distracting environments.
Our aim is that awareness of Nero-diversity, Autism, or Aspergers will allow businesses to identify the qualities and strengths of the Autism community and reduce the barriers that will enable them to flourish.
Strategies may include:
- Identifying that good workers should not be discounted because they are not social.
- Awareness that environments (noisy, chatty or social) can be challenging for those with Nero-diversity.
- That aids like headphones or noise reduction devices may enable people to work better.
- Identifying that some people cannot “speak up” via typical means.