Many employers now recognise the benefits a diverse workforce can bring to their business or organisation. However, I often find there is a lack of understanding about many hidden differences. Often associated with conditions such as Dyslexia, ‘neurodiversity’ is an umbrella term used to describe differences in the way that the brain functions. It also includes other neurological conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia and other conditions like MS or ME, that affect how people think, process and retain information.
Recent research published by ACAS highlights the potential merits of having a neuro-diverse workforce and ways in which individuals with neuro-diverse conditions can flourish with the right support and conditions. http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/1/h/Neurodiversity_at_work_0916.pdf
So, where does coaching fit in? Coaching can:
- create a better understanding of neuro-differences and their impact
- help individuals identify and use their neuro-different strengths
- enable individuals to find practical solutions to challenges they may face in the workplace.
According to Nancy Doyle, founder of Genius Within,
“Neurodiversity is a phenomenon whose time has come. As companies are increasingly required to adapt at speed, innovative thinking becomes an indispensable asset. And many neurodiverse people are at the forefront of innovative thinking.”
Nancy’s research has shown that coaching, combined with some fairly standard reasonable adjustments, improves performance by 43%, as rated by clients and managers, after just four coaching sessions. http://www.geniuswithin.co.uk/results/research/