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Business Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn about the benefits of hiring neurodivergent employees.

Employers who hire neurodivergent employees note their aptitude for roles that require attention to detail, ability to detect patterns and capacity for inferential reasoning, as well as strong skills in mathematics, coding and other data-driven processes. 

Neurodivergent employees are also often lauded for exhibiting loyalty and timeliness, and for offering innovative, creative perspectives to improve policies and procedures that can increase a company’s bottom line. Employers consistently report that their neurodiverse teams prove more effective and productive than those without neurodiverse representation. Other capabilities that people with neurocognitive disabilities possess that benefit employers include:

  • Keen accuracy and ability to detect errors.
  • High levels of concentration.
  • Strong recall and detailed factual knowledge.
  • Reliability and persistence.
  • Technical strengths.
  • Appreciation for routine/repetition.

While neurodiversity hiring programs are often known to seek out employees that prefer technological duties such as software engineering or tech operations, or repetitive tasks, such as data-entry or filing, there are a wide variety of jobs and responsibilities that neurodiverse employees can perform. These include (but are certainly not limited to) product management, human resources, banking and customer service.

In addition, research has shown that consumers prefer doing business with companies that employ people with disabilities. Given the high percentage of neurodivergence within the average customer base, having people on staff that represent the communities a company serves demonstrates thoughtfulness and good customer service.