Few employers consider hiring workers with ‘alternative thinking’: Poll

But boosting number of ‘neurodivergent’ workers provides benefits
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2018

A lot of companies have made an effort in recent years to hire a more diverse cadre of employees, but not many have considered creating a more “neurodiverse” workforce, according to a survey out of the United Kingdom.

Neurodiversity is “the natural range of differences in human brain function,” according to the London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

“Often, alternative thinking style can be associated with a unique strength... like being able to spot patterns and trends and data-driven thinking or inferential reasoning, being able to see the big picture, and also creativity and innovation,” said Jill Miller, public policy adviser at CIPD in London.