By Deana Phillips – Solicitor
Diversity. Inclusivity. What does this mean in today’s working environment? Why does acknowledging and embracing neurodiversity lead to creating a thriving workplace culture?Neurodiversity encompasses a wide range of neurological differences, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. As these conditions often remain invisible employers must be aware of the signs, their legal responsibilities, and the benefits of having a neurodiverse workforce.
The UK Equality Act 2010 means it is illegal to discriminate against people with neurodivergent conditions. Employers are expected to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs.
Behavioural expectations should be based on the individual’s abilities, not stereotypes associated with their condition, and handled sensitively.
Here our employment law expert Deana Phillips explores neurodiversity, offering practical tips for both employers and employees. These details are based on diagnosis following recognised tests completed by trained professionals. As everyone is different, the signs can be unique to the employee so avoid the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Also, be aware that some employees may not want to openly divulge their condition.