Organisational change can be difficult for anyone, but poses particular challenges for people with neurodiverse characteristics.
It is thought that up to 15% of workers have neurodivergent conditions including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorders and dyscalculia.
For them, working life can be difficult before factoring in organisational change.
Sandie Maile, a Prospect researcher, says: “It is important for managers, those being managed and union reps to understand the challenges involved to ensure changes are implemented as smoothly as possible.
“If job responsibilities change, for example, it is likely that neurodiverse workers may need to learn new skills. Any compensatory strategies they have developed may become redundant and need to be replaced.
“Their performance can also be affected by changes in personnel and their working environment, so it’s important to get it right for everyone involved.”
A neurodiversity briefing from Prospect’s research team highlights issues to consider during change, including workplace assessments and reasonable adjustments.
Check out Prospect’s neurodiversity webpages.
Neurodiversity factcard for managers
Neurodiversity factcard for members