Neurodiversity

Information and events to enable HR professionals and managers better understand, recruit for and support neurodiversity within the workplace.

Useful information

We will be gradually adding information relating to neurodiversity in the workplace. 

Do let us know if you come across material that you feel would be helpful to others.

References about neurodiversity

Carol Fowler's blog for One Nucleus, about neurodiversity

Neurodiversity - an organisational advantage to be valued and supported.  A blog by Elisabeth Goodman picking up on a May-June 2017 HBR article.

References on workplace design

With thanks to David Watts, MD at CCD Design & Ergonomics Ltd.

  1. Introverts and workplace design - a collaboration between Steelcase and Susan Cain (author of "Quiet - the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.")
  2. Designing workplaces for both introverts and extroverts - also by Steelcase
  3. Designing for privacy for extroverts- an HBR article

Neurodivergence - an untapped resource?  How understanding more could enhance our recruitment and management practices.

What is Neurodivergence, and why is it important to understand it?

Neurodivergence encompasses cognitive differences including; dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum conditions including Asperger syndrome, OCD and Tourette’s syndrome. 

Neurodivergent people are often highly intelligent and able to bring invaluable skills to an organisation.  For example, people with dyslexia are often creative 3D thinkers who see the bigger picture.  People with Asperger’s often bring tremendous analytical skills and attention to detail.

Cambridge is a magnet for neurodivergence because of the mathematical, high tech. and research industries in the region. There are significantly more children with Autism in IT rich regions and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students are more likely to choose STEM subjects. In addition, in the UK 20% of successful entrepreneurs have been identified as dyslexic.

Understanding more about Neurodivergence could help us recruit more effectively for this often talented resource within our community. It could also help us develop more effective management practices and skills to create a more flexible, inclusive workplace.                           

1st November 2017 seminar. Babraham Bioscience Technologies and Abzena co-sponsored a workshop for tenants at the Babraham Research Campus. The 2-hour workshop was attended by people with HR and management responsibilities, and others interested in the topic.  It was followed by lunch and the opportunity to have one-to-one discussions with the speaker, Carol Fowler, and facilitator, Elisabeth Goodman.

Copies of the slides and notes from the question and answer session are available on request

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Carol Fowler is a Learning and Development professional who is herself Neurodivergent.  She is in the planning stages of a research degree on Neurodiversity and the workforce, and is founding the Cambridge Neurodiversity Hub to educate and facilitate learning for Business in Cambridge. 

Elisabeth Goodman is the Owner and Principal Consultant of RiverRhee Consulting, which provides training, workshops and coaching in management learning and team development.

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