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By: Brooke Smith, June 21, 2024, Benefits Canada

“Since 2021, KPMG in Canada has hired 28 employees via Specialisterne, a recruiting agency that specializes in promoting the talents of neurodiverse individuals. According to an internal survey, 89 percent of the firm’s neurodivergent employees have been performing as well, or better than, their peers, and 97 percent reported their employment at KPMG has improved their lives significantly.

Supporting ahead of hiring

Employers begin supporting neurodivergent individuals even before they set foot in the door, starting with job descriptions, says Gillian Forth, workplace support program manager for North America at Specialisterne.

“We’ll sometimes see job postings with vague language or they may include skills that are not core competencies and requirements for a job. That leads to neurodivergent folks to self-select out of applying.” — Gillian Forth, Specialisterne Workplace Support Manager

An inclusive workplace

Once a neurodivergent employee is hired, employers need to ensure any required supports are in place.

This includes inclusive performance management, which entails clear communication and the removal of vague language, says Forth. “Sometimes people shy away from speaking candidly and sharing information really clearly and openly — especially when it comes to . . . constructive feedback.”

Read the full article from Benefits, “How employers can support neurodiverse employees” here: How employers can support neurodiverse employees | Benefits Canada.com