At Mind Shift, we regularly speak of the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce. We believe that the talents of individuals on the autism spectrum are numerous.
This topic is addressed in the article “The Brand Benefits of Neurodiversity” by Charlotte Rogers, in the May 31 edition of Marketing Week Magazine.
The article begins by reinforcing the idea that neurodiversity should be seen as existing on a spectrum. And that individuals on this spectrum come to work with a diverse set of skills and talents, and that there are no stereotypical behaviors that will be found in every person.
We find this to be true. We have had the opportunity to find meaningful careers for over 30 diverse and unique individuals working in areas such as high-tech manufacturing, health care, human resources, IT, document imaging, and the sciences, to name a few.
Rogers speaks about SAP, and their Autism at Work program. She mentions that SAP recognizes the benefits of diversity, and because of this they have 120 people with ASD working with 110 different teams.
Rogers also talks about the importance of ongoing support for both employees with ASD and their teams. She also speaks about the importance of looking critically at an organization’s recruiting, onboarding, and training programs. The author talks about Willis Tower Watson, an insurance broker that works to include individuals on the autism spectrum in their organization, and to train employees to look beyond the social challenges that might hold certain individuals back.
The author wraps up her article with a discussion on the business benefits of neurodiversity employment. She mentions that individuals on the spectrum often bring creativity, persistence, loyalty, focus, and unique thinking skills that can directly benefit an organization’s profitability and reputation.
Our experiences working with both individuals on the spectrum, and with great organizations looking to leverage the benefit of autism employment find what Rogers says to be true. There is a real value attained through autism employment, and by training and supporting teams to prioritize inclusion, the entire organization benefits.
To learn more about autism employment, and how our organization can help you do so, contact Mind Shift. We work hard to find meaningful careers for adults on the autism spectrum.
The address to Charlotte Rogers’ article in Marketing Week is below: