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‘What might help to enhance the work experience of neurodivergent employees?’ by Dr Frances Louise McGregor

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Dr Frances Louise McGregor

The Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism is hosting the 2022 Visiting Professoriate Inaugural Lecture Series which will take place each month from February – June.  Our Visiting Professors are all renowned experts in their particular field - human resource management, tourism, sustainable hospitality, business pedagogy and innovation and entrepreneurship. 

These inaugural lectures will provide an opportunity for staff, students, and the business and local communities to engage with these key members of our faculty and university family in discussions and debates on challenging contemporary issues.

The first Inaugural Professorial Lecture will be held online on Thursday 17 February 2022, 1pm-2pm online.

Register to receive a link to join the event online.

Existing management research and management practices frequently overlook the relationship between the above-average human capital of highly functioning neurodivergent employees, their subjective well-being in the workplace and performance outcomes.  This research calls for greater attention to the hidden human capital associated with neurodiversity by mainstreaming implementation of neurodiversity-friendly policies and practices.

The research indicates that workplace neurodiversity, like biodiversity, is a natural phenomenon.  For subjective individual psychological and organisational well-being, neurodiverse employees require an empathetic culture and innovative talent management approaches that respect cognitive differences.

This research extends current debates on employee diversity and workplace well-being to advocate for embedding human capital investment in employees’ neurodevelopmental and cognitive disabilities.  The case is made for neurodiverse human capital development and for policy makers to promote inclusive employment and decent work in a context of relatively higher unemployment for neurodiverse individuals.