Embracing Neurodiversity in Tech and Teams: Insights from Glean’s ‘Diverse by Design’ Event
Neurodiversity refers to the wide range of variations in human cognition. It includes conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. Neurodivergent individuals experience the world and process information in different ways, which can bring unique strengths and perspectives to the workplace.
We explored the importance of neurodivergence and colour within design in our previous blog, here we will be delving into its significance within tech and teams. More specifically, how valuable it is to be mindful of and incorporate inclusive practices within the workplace and work culture.
Our Junior Creative Exec, Ewan here at HB2B attended Glean’s ‘Diverse by Design’ event during Leeds Digital Festival. The event brought together experts from the field to explore and discuss this topic.
Will Fieldsend – ‘With a neurodiverse perspective shaped by his dyslexia diagnosis, Will is experienced in leading diverse tech teams and building an accessible and inclusive workspace.’
Sarah Hardy – ‘As Brand Manager at Glean, Sarah applies what she perceives as her ADHD strengths to drive brand growth…’
Alex Craven – ‘A philosophy graduate, Alex has been running digital and tech businesses since 1999 and is the Co-Founder of The Data City.’
The friendly Glean team greeted me with an abundance of sweet and savoury treats on offer. I had the chance to network with a few other audience members before the presentation began. Complimentary ‘fidget toys’ were provided for anyone to use throughout the event, thanks for having me, Glean!
Main Talking Points: Understanding Personal Journeys, The Lives of Gleen Speakers
As the event kicked off, the audience was introduced to brief histories of the work and personal lives of each Glean speaker, highlighting the importance of practices that aid everyone, especially those who are neurodivergent. These personal stories served as a powerful reminder that neurodiversity is not just a checkbox to tick but a vital component of an inclusive tapestry.
The speakers emphasised the differences between their own stories, outlining poignant moments for them when it came to their own diagnosis and implementing this new life change within their personal lives and careers at the time.
Open and Honest Hiring: Fostering Team Bonding
One of the key takeaways from the event was the focus on implementing an optional open and honest environment during the hiring process and throughout employment. Which can enhance team bonding and refine processes that not only help individuals succeed in their careers but contribute to healthy company growth. This transparency encourages neurodivergent individuals to thrive within the workplace by acknowledging their unique needs and abilities.
It was understood that this could give employees the confidence to not only be their authentic selves within the workplace but to thrive in an environment without undiscussed barriers.
Why Neurodiversity Matters
Neurodiversity is not just a buzzword; it’s a key aspect of fostering innovation and inclusivity in tech and teams. By understanding and embracing neurodiversity, organisations can create spaces where every individual can thrive, no matter their cognitive differences.
These pointers from Glean’s ‘Diverse by Design’ event remind us that diversity is not a quota to be met but a path to better understanding, growth, and success.
Take Action: Support Neurodiversity
To take action, it’s essential that we all strive to learn more about neurodiversity and how to support neurodivergent individuals in the workplace. Encourage your organisation to explore neurodiversity training and advocate for inclusive hiring and work practices. By championing diversity in all its forms, we can build stronger, more innovative teams and create a brighter future for the tech industry.