Did you know that being an inclusive employer is one of the top things the next generation look for in the workplace? Our own peer panel champion diversity and inclusion and are campaigning for employers to embrace it and make it a priority.
One of the areas that our peer panel have developed is a training module on neurodiversity in the workplace and guidance on how to foster a culture of inclusivity. This training has since been delivered by young people to a team of managers at a logistics company.
What is neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity means an individual has a style of neurocognitive functioning that diverges significantly from prominent societal standards of ‘normal’ (Walker, 2014).
This includes conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. In the workplace, among the items and values that contribute to a ‘good’ environment and culture is to promote and support well-being and inclusivity (AchieveAbility, 2020, p.5).
“Around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent”
Neurodiversity training delivered by young people for Neovia Logistics
Our peer panel includes young people with lived experience of hidden conditions. During the training session, the peer panel members shared their stories, key facts about neurodiversity and took the managers at Neovia on a journey to understanding how to be inclusive and supportive in the workplace.
Amanda Watson, HR Consultant from Neovia Logistics, said: “The hidden talent and neurodiversity training from Access Generation and their peer panel of young people was a great opportunity for our team to learn and understand how to be more inclusive.
“It was useful to hear from young people with hidden conditions and their own stories really brought the training to life. Managers are now more confident and fully equipped to support neurodiversity in the workplace.
“One of the key learnings I took away from the session was the importance to give time and space to listen to colleagues.”
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