Neurodiversity at work campaign

In May 2019 we began our Neurodiversity At Work campaign, featuring a series of articles by guest contributors. Some articles approached the subject from a purely personal and neurodivergent perspective, others examined neurodiversity through a people profession lens.

Throughout our series, you’ll discover more about neurodiversity and the measures to take to encourage your organisation to become a more neurodiverse-friendly place.


Neurodiversity and Performance Management

Employers are becoming more aware of the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce and are making changes to encourage and support individuals with neurodivergent conditions. Organisations can develop processes and procedures that encourage people with neurodivergent conditions into the workplace and allow for reasonable adjustments. #NeurodiversityAtWork

How Can We Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace

How Can We Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace?

Many employers worry that they don’t know enough about neurodiversity or that they may struggle to make adjustments to support an employee. Neurodivergence affects individuals in very different ways and covers a range of challenges and needs, some of which may be relatively straightforward and others much more complex. In this fifth blog post in the series Yvonne Saxon highlights some simple things that you can do as an employer to support these needs, which may benefit other employees too.

Understanding the benefits of neurodiversity by Melissa Venner for CIPD Manchester Branch #NeurodiversityAtWork

Understanding the benefits of neurodiversity

When businesses hire neurodivergent people, it is common for them to try to minimise the impact of the divergent thinking style; to try to “neutralise” any noticeable differences. While this often stems from the best of intentions, it neglects to see that these divergent thinking styles are a strength, not a symptom to be cured or problem to be solved. Melissa Venner writes the fourth in our series of blog posts on #NeurodiversityAtWork

How to create a neurodiversity-friendly workplace

How to create a neurodiversity-friendly workplace

‘Neurodiversity’ is increasingly being talked about by HR professionals as part of diversity and inclusion debates. However, most employers are only beginning to appreciate the benefits of embracing neurodiversity. Jill Miller, Policy Adviser at CIPD, talks about creating neurodiversity-friendly workplaces in the third of our series of blog posts #NeurodiversityAtWork

Neurodiversity at Work by Gary Cookson for CIPD Manchester #NeurodiversityAtWork

Neurodiversity | Open up your mind

The CIPD Manchester Branch #NeurodiversityAtWork campaign aims to highlight the challenges for people, as well as the approaches organisations can take to be more inclusive. The campaign was inspired by the CIPD’s Neurodiversity at Work report, published in 2018. Gary Cookson shares his thoughts on the guide and its implications in the second of a series of articles.

We hope you have been inspired by our #NeurodoversityAtWork campaign and we are extremely grateful to everyone who gave their time in helping us explore how we can support neurodiversity in organisations.

CIPD Resources

Neurodiversity at work

Learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for organisations, and how to support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work

15 Feb 2018

CIPD Voice articles

Embracing neurodiversity in the workplace

Dr Jill Miller makes the case for employers to embrace neurodiversity and discusses a new CIPD guide on the issue

27 Nov 2017


Diversity and inclusion at work: facing up to the business case

Assessing the evidence on the outcomes of diversity at work, the barriers keeping inequalities in place and how organisations can tackle these to make work an equal business.

20 Jun 2018

CIPD Viewpoints

Disability at work

Explore the CIPD’s point of view on disability in the workplace, including actions for Government and recommendations for employers.

Series list

  1. The case for neurodiversity at work
  2. Open up your mind
  3. How to create a neurodiversity-friendly workplace
  4. Understanding the benefits of neurodiversity
  5. How can we support neurodiversity in the workplace?
  6. Strengths not disorders 
  7. How inclusive is your organisation? | Ignite Talk
  8. Responding to neurodiversity amongst customers and employees
  9. Neurodiversity and Performance Management
  10. Key points of interest from the campaign

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