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Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Employee Perspectives

What is neurodiversity and how can you create an inclusive workplace culture where neurodivergent employees can thrive? 

neurodiverse minds

Everyone has a unique brain. An open culture, education and awareness of neurodiversity can deepen inclusivity in the workplace. At TEKsystems, we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive workplace culture and welcoming diversity into every aspect of our business. To recognise Neurodiversity Celebration Week, TEKsystems' employees Hannah Corey, Colette Cottman, Gregg Johnson and Hayley Duncan reflect on their personal experiences of neurodiversity, what they’ve learned, as well as tips to create a supportive environment that enables neurodivergent minds to thrive.

What is Neurodiversity?

The human brain is deeply complex – no two brains are the same. Did you know that approximately 15 – 20% of the population has a neurological difference? Whether you’re neurotypical or neurodivergent, how you perceive the world is unique. You’ve probably heard these terms before, but here’s a helpful breakdown of their meanings: 

  • Neurodiversity (noun) an umbrella term to describe the range of differences in brain function and behaviour that are part of the normal variation in the human population. This includes developmental conditions, like autism, ADHD and dyslexia as well as psychiatric conditions like OCD and bipolar disorder. It can also include acquired mental disabilities, such as PTSD.
  • Neurodivergent (adjective) refers to an individual whose brain ‘diverges’ from the majority or ‘neurotypical’ brain.
  • Neurodiverse (adjective) characterises the variance in the set of all possible brains, none of which is ‘normal’ and all of which are simply different.
  • Neurotypical (adjective) means not having or not being associated with a brain condition that is often considered different from what is usual.

These are more than just academic terms – mental health education and awareness are foundational to living our core value of fostering an inclusive work culture.

I prefer the term neurospicy.

Hannah Corey TEKsystems 

Real Experiences with Neurodiversity