Guide to Neurodiversity in the International Workplace

January 2024

Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in how our brains work and process information. It includes conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. Organisations that embrace neurodiversity in the global workforce can access a wealth of untapped talent while creating an inclusive environment that promotes innovation, creativity, and productivity. This guide explores how international businesses can actively support and celebrate neurodiversity.

Studies show that 15% to 20% of the global population is neurodivergent. With so much of the workforce dealing with different conditions, it’s crucial for their employers to recognise and support neurodivergent individuals. Here are several strategies for international workplaces to consider. 
Traditional hiring methods that assess standardised competencies can often automatically remove neurodivergent talent from the hiring pool. Neurodiverse individual may excel in other areas but in interviews, they may not perform as well as neurotypical candidates. That’s why it’s important to reevaludate hiring processes and provide supports for neurodivergence.

Creating an inclusive environment starts with understanding and awareness. Employers need to educate their teams about neurodiversity and the different ways in which individuals may experience the world.


Offering training programs on neurodiversity awareness can help colleagues understand and appreciate different ways of thinking. By doing so, you can break down stigmas and misconceptions surrounding neurodiverse individuals in the workplace. 

Simple ways to support your neurodiverse employees can vary depending on individual needs, but they can include things like:


  • Offering flexible work schedules 
  • Permission to use noise-cancelling headphones 
  • Creating designated quiet spaces for easily overstimulated employees to work 
  • Establishing clear communication channels 


These adjustments not only benefit neurodiverse employees but also contribute to a more inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone.

International organisations should establish support systems to help neurodiverse talent succeed. This could be as simple as assigning a manager or a team member to check in on them and provide assistance when they need it.  This could be helping with organisation, or prioritising tasks effectively. 

Companies are realising that embracing neurodiversity not only promotes inclusivity but also drives innovation and creativity. From tech giants to small startups, organisations are actively creating environments where neurodiverse individuals can thrive. The most recognised benefits of a neurodiverse organization include: 

  • Diversifying your internal workplace can also help with employee retention, creating a welcoming environment that celebrates individual strengths.
Embracing neurodiversity in the international workplace requires education, accommodations, and a culture of acceptance. By creating an inclusive environment for all employees, your organisation can harness the full potential of diverse perspectives and talents.
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