When considering accessibility at work, many people jump to the conclusion that you need to make large scale changes to accommodate neurodiverse employees. But the reality is just a few small changes are often all that are needed.
And these changes don’t necessarily benefit neurodiverse workers either; most people at work will benefit from these policies in place.
Below are 10 workplace policies you can implement to accommodate for neurodiverse employees:
- Establish a person’s preferred way of communication (and respect it)
- Only book meetings if they are necessary
- Edit emails so they don’t include unnecessary info, and format them
- Keep your meetings short, or schedule breaks
- Book in meetings as early as possible
- Send an agenda for meetings before hand (including any roles people will need to take on during the meeting)
- Allow people to have their cameras off
- Set reminders for meetings close to the time (10 mins before)
- Clearly assign tasks to people
- Allow stimming on internal calls
Many of these changes will benefit everyone; nobody will complain that they clearly knew what the meeting was going to be about!