It is a common trait for neuro-diverse people to be employed in part-time work. They may have low pay jobs that lead to low disposable income and poor job stability. It is affecting our workplace in a big way. Research shows that graduates from university are reporting a disabiity at a rate of nearly 20 percent.
it is highly probable that someone with neurodiversity struggles with comorbid conditions. This includes anxiety and depression. It leaves the person with frustration, low motivation and overwhelming thoughts with how to “get it together” in a career and life.
BUT it does not need to be this way.
Just as the weaknesses can derail ambitions of long-term employment, strengths one may develop through their disability can have a positive affect. It can soar the employee far above others in the work environment.
I work with a large population that has challenges with executive functions. These challenges include time management, emotional regulations, procrastination, organization and motivation.
I notice is that when a person with these challenges likes something, they have a laser-like focus, attention span and drive like no other.
The focus often propels them so far into the knowledge base of a topic that they become self-taught experts. With the right strategies, tools and mentoring, they can be the shining star of a company. Often, they are just the very person capably of turning a failing business around with fresh ideas, well thought out visions and the drive to make it happen!
Your company can take advantage of this during the hiring process and current training programs for neuro diverse people
Train To Retain
A sound employee apprenticeship or intern mentoring program can foster the positive attributes of all future employees by establishing a well-thought-out best practice training plan. I suggest creating a strong program with boundaries, routines and clear expectations with high accountability.
You will you help potential recruits develop their strengths as an intern employee. It will also foster a kind of work environment that promotes community and self-empowerment. The result is a win-win for company productivity, lowering overall training costs and developing strong skillsets for future employees.
A well-defined training program for all employees will empower recruits to perform with the company’s best interests in mind.
Current treatment trends of stimulant and non-stimulant medications are proven to help people with executive function challenges in the workplace. But, it is when behavioral changes happen that empowerment for the employee begins to shift.
Your program can help promote this shift in the neuro diverse employee.
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