• Stress and anxiety
• Under performance
• Memory difficulties
• Poor organisation

Such difficulties are normally typical of the neuro-diverse profile, and they especially show in staff in times of transition and change at work. Typically, staff untrained in neuro-diversity have trouble working out:

• How these difficulties affect people in the workplace
• What would be noticed in their practice
• When, how and who to refer clients to
• What might be counted as reasonable or unreasonable adjustments

Given that:

  • 82,000 more dyslexics are in a job than a year ago;
  • dyslexic employment now stands at 3.06 million;
  • over 200,000 more dyslexic people are in private sector employment since the start of 2010;

OH and HR professionals need to be aware of these issues as the Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments in a timely fashion. Research indicates that corporations are not yet geared up to facilitate the learning and training needs of this group.

Training in neuro-diversity is the answer, not only for the OH professional, but for the employer who benefits from greater productivity and a happier workforce.

Sources: ONS 13/8/14 BDA (10% of adults are dyslexic)

Jan Halfpenny writes, trains and speaks on dyslexia and neuro-diversity in the workforce. She provides in person and on line training, specialising in the types of difficulty that arise when creating reasonable adjustments in the workplace.