For diversity and inclusion to become more than just buzzwords, it’s essential for managers to hone their communication skills. By integrating active listening with a nuanced understanding of neurodivergent body language and communication styles, managers can improve communication for all, cultivate trust, and maximize the collective strength of diverse teams.
All posts by Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Balancing the pressing demands of managerial tasks while ensuring every team member feels seen and supported is no small feat. If you are a manager working with unusual talents, these suggestions could help expand your leadership repertoire and enable your organization go beyond the ordinary.
One of the barriers to neuroinclusion and overall well-being at work is toxic, cutthroat organizational environments. Yet, despite research evidence that positive cultures are more productive than cutthroat ones, many organizations continue to create systems that pit employees against each other. Why is this?
But it’s for Your Benefit: Benevolent Ableism in the Workplace and Its Impact on Autistic Individuals
While diversity initiatives in organizations may signal a commitment to creating inclusive workplaces, disability and neurodiversity are rarely considered in these initiatives, and the underlying problem of benevolent ableism often goes unnoticed.
“Well, they never looked autistic, and now all of a sudden, they are autistic! I don’t get it.” Nevertheless, adult diagnosis of developmental differences is recognized and well-documented.
By embracing Autism as a culture and practicing cultural humility, leaders and allies can foster a more supportive and inclusive work environments, where a wide range of human differences is respected and appreciated. An attitude of humility can help create truly equitable and productive relationships.
Shifting from a reactive and frenetic work environment to a proactive one can be a major challenge for managers, but it is essential for maximizing productivity and achieving long-term goals. A predictable, orderly work environment can greatly reduce stress and free employee energy for doing their best work.
Flexibility in the workplace can make a tremendous difference for neurodivergent employees, but it also benefits organizations as a whole.
By nurturing a supportive culture, managers can help to create a workplace that encourages job crafting for all employees, including neurodivergent individuals. It also can help to attract and retain talent with diverse and unique backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas, creating a more innovative and effective organization.