Two thirds of neurodiverse employees believe they should be getting more support from their employer

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Recent findings from a survey by employee benefits provider Zest highlights a significant gap in support for neurodiverse employees within UK companies. A substantial 49% of neurodiverse employees believe that their current employer does not adequately support them. This sentiment is echoed by HR leaders, with 22% admitting struggles in meeting the needs of neurodiverse employees.

Challenges in current support systems

Despite efforts to increase support, including investments reported by 37% of HR leaders, dissatisfaction persists among neurodiverse employees. The research underscores the need for broader and more effective support strategies, emphasising both communication and delivery methods.

Impact on workplace productivity and profitability

Recognising and supporting neurodiverse employees can yield tangible benefits for businesses. A notable 35% of HR leaders attribute increased productivity to having more neurodiverse employees, while 31% believe these employees contribute to enhanced profitability.

Employee preferences and personalised benefits

The dissatisfaction with current support extends to benefits packages, with 48% of neurodiverse employees considering their current benefits inadequate. Moreover, a striking 62% express willingness to switch jobs for more inclusive benefits—a figure significantly higher than the UK average of 46%.

Technological solutions for enhanced support

In response to these challenges, leveraging employee benefits technology emerges as a promising solution. Such technology enables personalised benefits offerings, fostering greater inclusivity and flexibility. This approach not only meets the diverse needs of neurodiverse employees but also enhances overall employee satisfaction and retention.

Strategies for improving neurodiversity inclusion

To bridge the current gaps in support and benefits accessibility, companies are encouraged to invest further in their benefits platforms. Only 29% of employees feel their current benefits platform adequately supports their needs, indicating a clear opportunity for improvement through enhanced investment and technological integration.

You can read Zest’s full report here.

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