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Driving performance by embracing and supporting a neurodiverse workforce

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This event will explore the importance of having a greater ‘diversity of thought’ in the workplace.

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Online Networking at 18:00-18:30.

Event starts at 18.30 and will finish at 20:00.

It is estimated that at least 10% of the UK population is neurodiverse (i.e. not one ‘normal’ brain type). Given skills shortages, an ageing UK population, falling birth rates (eight years in succession), losing EEA recruits and the current Covid-19 pandemic making talented staff reluctant to move jobs, agile employers are taking steps to include neurodivergent people and are demonstrating early successes. However, due to a lack of awareness and the way that most UK organisations are physically and structurally set up for ‘neurotypicals’, many workplaces do not enable neurodiverse individuals to perform to their full potential. This event will explore the importance of having a greater ‘diversity of thought’ in the workplace and how learning and development initiatives can be used to create and support a neurodiverse and high performing workforce.

At the end of the event, attendees will be able to:-

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of neurodiversity as it relates to the workplace.

2. Make the business case for embracing and supporting a neurodiverse workforce.

3. Understand the culture change needed for greater understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity and its value to employers.

4. Explore a variety of ways to help managers and workers understand and support colleagues with neurodiversity. Enabling people to achieve their potential to contribute to the organisation and to build lasting careers.

5. Recommend strategies to make workplaces more ‘neurodiversity smart’ including tangible steps to create a more inclusive, engaged, and potentially more innovative organisation.

Dr Janice Johnson is an academic with HR industry experience as well as the Chair of the CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch. Janice was awarded the CIPD’s highest accolade and level of membership, Chartered Companion in 2019 in recognition of her, “outstanding and exceptional contribution to the advancement of the HR profession.”

As Assistant Professor at Coventry University, she works closely with the Chartered Management Institute in creating a suite of inclusive cross-faculty modules for post-graduate students with a focus on professional development and employability skills for the future workforce.

In 2019 Janice was a conference speaker on Equalpay@50: What can Business Schools do to promote equal pay? She was on the Judging Panel for the Employee Benefits Awards 2020 recognising excellent practice. Janice has just had a chapter accepted in a forthcoming book on Women in Academia: Resilience Narratives to be published in 2021.

Janice promotes skill-based volunteering and professional citizenship through working closely with local schools and being a Trustee for a local charity.

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

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