Research perspectives

Bleak picture for neurodiverse employees

One in five neurodivergent employees say that they have faced discrimination or harassment at work. This is the headline finding from the CIPD’s report “Neuroinclusion at work.”

The report paints a bleak picture for neurodiverse employees, with a third of those surveyed saying that their experience at work resulted in a negative impact on their mental wellbeing.

More than half (55 per cent) of the 1,047 employees and 1,003 senior managers surveyed said their organisation was neuroinclusive. At the same time, in a third (31 per cent) of organisations, neurodiversity was not formally talked about by HR, senior leaders, line managers or an employee resource group. The report showed that neurodiverse people do not disclose and a third said that there was too much stigma around neurodiversity.

“Neurodiversity needs to be a key focus in an organisation’s equality, diversity and inclusion work,” said Jill Miller, senior equality, diversity and inclusion policy adviser at the CIPD.