Transcript: Episode 194 – How Neurodiversity Impacts Productivity, Culture, and Retention (with Jeff Gibbard and Sarah Ohanesian)
May 6, 2024
Show Notes: Episode 195 – How to Handle HR Burnout and Empathy Fatigue (with Liesel Mertes)
May 20, 2024

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By embracing neurodiversity, workplaces can create a culture that fosters innovation, creativity, and inclusivity. The term “neurodivergent” encompasses a range of neurological differences, including ADHD, autism, OCD, and more. “Neurotypical” describes someone whose brain operates the same way that most other brains do. This doesn’t mean neurotypical individuals are better and neurodivergent people are abnormal or broken – it’s just a spectrum of different ways that brains perceive the world.

For example, a neurodivergent individual might perceive time in a very different way than a neurotypical person would and may get lost in a task not realizing they’ve been working on it for hours. And while someone neurotypical may have fairly consistent productivity and output throughout a day or week, someone who’s neurodivergent may have periods of low productivity followed by massive spikes of hyperproductivity.

Approach neurodiversity with curiosity. Rather than reacting with frustration and blame, ask the person to help you understand where they’re coming from and how they operate. For that curiosity to work, you need to first create an environment where people feel safe enough to tell you they’re neurodivergent and explain the accommodations they might need. Then follow up that conversation by developing processes and systems to account for your differences.

It’s important to understand that just because something’s different doesn’t make it wrong. Even in a group of neurotypical people, you’re going to find different ways of working, so don’t pathologize the people who are neurodivergent. Celebrate the differences!

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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