Diversity & Inclusion has grown and developed into a business-critical requirement for companies globally. Leaders now understand the importance of a diverse workforce as well as the increased reach for excellent talent that it can create. We’ve all heard how diversity and inclusion result in better productivity and are increasingly being seen as areas of strategic importance for future success and innovation for organizations. Studies also show that employees are happier in a workplace where diversity and inclusion are central elements of the culture. This, in turn, leads to an increase in sales and improved profits.
But, no DEI strategy is complete without the inclusion of neurodiversity. Companies have realized this and are now scrambling to alter their talent acquisition initiatives to be able to better leverage this large pool of untapped talent. Neurodivergents may be autistic, ADHDers, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic, Hyperlexic, etc. It is important to note that by some estimates 20% or more people are neurodivergent. While such people may have challenges due to their spiky cognitive ability profiles, these same spiky profiles may also endow them with unique strengths that companies need to stay competitive.
So it comes down to companies choosing whether or not to include neurodiversity in their DEI program. The more they investigate or pursue the matter, the more convinced they are of the need to include neurodiversity, and to do it fast to benefit from the consequential increase in productivity, culture add, profits, and employee happiness index among other benefits. Every company that implemented neurodiversity in their workplaces has reported and testified of the multiple benefits of such initiatives.
Here are just 5 reasons why diversity makes business sense. These are what I’ve chosen for this blog. But when you investigate further, you will find many more good reasons.
- Neurodiversity drives Ideas – There is comfort in familiarity. However, it doesn’t allow businesses to push themselves to new heights. Also, when it comes to creativity, familiarity is the killer. Innovation requires a wide-angle lens, and neurodivergents are naturally gifted with the ability to bring fresh perspectives and challenge old ideas.
- Neurodiversity broadens the reach to better talent, thus improving productivity – Research shows that the profits and share performance can be close to 50% higher in companies that encourage neurodiversity.
- Neurodiversity fosters inclusivity – Having better-managed neurodiversity in your organization contributes to a more inclusive workforce, and vice-versa. If you are not neurodiversity-friendly, then you won’t have an inclusive environment.
- Neurodiversity isn’t just about morals or charity. It makes perfect business sense for employers – Demonstrating that your business is invested in fostering a neurodiversity-friendly and inclusive environment won’t just help your company capitalize on an underappreciated and systemically alienated talent pool, it can also attract – and win the loyalty of – jobseekers.
- Neurodiversity boosts business – According to a 2018 McKinsey report, companies in the top quartile for workforce diversity are 33% more likely to financially outperform their less diverse counterparts. So, neurodiversity is linked with both profitability and value creation.
At Neurogifted, we understand this very well as we are a neurodivergent-driven company. We are serious about our duty to fulfill our long-term vision of increasing bias-free neurodivergent hiring for companies. Our work is aimed toward creating value for neurodivergents to access equitable opportunities in employment, entrepreneurship, financial freedom, quality, and dignity in life.
Furthermore, we truly believe that through our outreach programs we can dispel the many myths surrounding neurodiversity, and leave people empowered with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to promote neurodiversity and start making positive changes.
If you want to know how your company can benefit from a neurodiversity initiative, just reach out to us and we will be happy to be of assistance to you. If you are a professional in the fields of OD, DEI, HR, Talent Management, Training, Facilitation, or Coaching and want to include neurodiversity in your profile, contact us and we can guide you on how to go about it. Neurogifted is your trusted go-to partner for all things neurodiversity.
Neurogifted also regularly releases content and organizes free webinars and workshops to educate professionals and companies about neurodiversity. Please visit our website for more information.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joel Godi is the Founder & CEO of Neurogifted. He is openly AuDHD and is a proclaimed neurodiversity advocate and activist. He has worked with companies and professionals across the world in creating value and solutions for neurodiversity initiatives.
He is also a specialist Neurodiversity Consultant and Speaker, Social Psychologist, Entrepreneur, Trainer & Facilitator, and has professional interests primarily in L&D, Education, and Neurodiversity.
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