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What can employers do to help employees with Neurodiverse needs

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watchman2016 Thu 04-Apr-19 11:57:07

Hi, Been on Mumsnet for years but don't often post, more of a Lurker.
I work for a multinational IT company and am about to start a project for My CIPD qualification. The project has to be something that will benefit the Business and be something I can Implement. my HR Director has suggested that I design and implement guidance for managers managing those with Neurodiverse needs, such as Asperger, Autism, ADHD etc.
So I wondered if any of you would be willing to share what you have in place or would like to see in place that would help you in the workplace. Typical open plan Office environment, consultancy so travel sometimes required. Large corporate environment just to give you an idea on the environment.
What could your manager do or do better to support you more?
What would you like to see happen when you start a new job?
If I do a good job on this the guidance and recommendations would hopefully help existing employees and new ones in the future.
Many thanks in advance for your time.

watchman2016 Thu 04-Apr-19 18:41:55

Bump for evening crowd.

toffee1000 Fri 05-Apr-19 03:04:21

I appreciate that this would be difficult to change potentially, but I imagine open plan offices are not the best due to noise levels/distraction etc. (I am not currently employed, only volunteering right now).

This is mainly written for autistic people entering the workplace, but it contains some useful info.
www.autism.org.uk/about/adult-life/work.aspx
Also how much knowledge of ASD etc do you have? The National Autistic Society website is a useful place, including stuff for employers. They offer workplace training for managers for example.

Other people will be along with more personal stories, but hopefully my stuff is useful.

EBearhug Fri 05-Apr-19 03:53:48

There's a consultancy called Auticon who have IT workers who have autism. Their website might have some guidance on best practice?

You may not be able to change things like open plan - but you can allow people to wear noise-cancelling earphones and so on. Is it possible to have quiet areas at all (like the quiet carriage on trains)?

Not everyone with autism will be the same, but if you have a culture where you are flexible and try to accommodate people's needs (be it autism, physical disability, caring responsibilities or whatever,) then you'll be on the right sort of track.

watchman2016 Fri 05-Apr-19 10:40:16

Thank you both so much for your replies and the links, I will look through the information on them.

Noise cancelling headphones- great idea, we are a very large company so simple things like that are easily doable.
Thank you.

FundayFriday Fri 05-Apr-19 14:58:43

Following. Social anxiety / anxiety tends to be a common feature.

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