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Employee Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn how hiring neurodiverse workers can benefit all employees.

A workforce that includes neurodiverse workers can bring benefits to all employees.

Many people with neurocognitive disabilities, specifically those with autism, share experiences of discrimination and stigma, both in hiring processes and work settings, based on their perceived traits. However, studies have shown that organizations who hired neurodiverse employees experience improved overall employee morale and positive impacts on organizational culture. 

Often, neurotypical employees appreciate being educated about neurodiversity and say they tend to experience a greater sense of company pride when part of an inclusive workplace. Moreover, when neurodiverse employees are given job responsibilities that align with their skills and abilities, they—like most neurotypical employees—often report greater confidence and self-esteem. 

Finally, neurodiverse employees frequently express greater comfort with interpersonal interactions when employers consider workplace environmental factors and make appropriate accommodations for their needs, such as providing social skills, teamwork and office behavior training.