Have your HR or OH staff had the following types of referrals from employees?
• Stress and anxiety
• Under performance
• Memory difficulties
• Poor organisation
Such difficulties are normally typical of the neurodiverse 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
- 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 neurodiversity 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 neurodiversity in the workforce. She provides in person and online training, specialising in the types of difficulty that arise when creating reasonable adjustments in the workplace.