People Lab: Attracting and retaining neurodivergent talent, with Dr. Anne Cockayne

People Lab: Attracting and retaining neurodivergent talent, with Dr. Anne Cockayne

"To meet the unforeseeable challenges racing towards us in the 21st century, we will need many kinds of minds working together." — Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes
Diversity & Inclusion
Tuesday 3 August
4:00pm5:30pm UK time

Continuing our ongoing exploration of Neurodiversity at work, in partnership with Dr. Anne Cockayne — the coming focus of our People Lab will be the challenges and opportunities that come with attracting and retaining a neurodivergent workforce.

Inclusive, and customer centric organisations across the private and public sector are alive to the vitality that difference of thought brings to commercial and cultural growth. And while many reports demonstrate the correlation between neurodivergent teams and good things happening; research also bears out the realities that come with creating the environments and mindsets throughout our teams to attract, support and successfully retain team members with specific conditions such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

Arriving at some positive and practical approaches to take back to our own teams and work contexts is the focus of this collaborative, 90 minute session — led by subject matter expert Dr Anne Cockayne, drawing from her PHD on the experiences of people-managers working with autistic team members; and driven by the specific interests, challenges and opportunities live within the group.

As with any People Lab our focus will be on real-world-examples — where live challenges and opportunities on point to the topic are evident; giving us the chance to unpack and explore them together. All participants will be invited to submit in confidence any such examples they’d welcome the chance to share and explore among a supportive group of peers.

Anne will also present some latest evidence and findings from her own work; and we’ll be sharing useful further resources to support ongoing conversation and application among teams.

Dr. Anne Cockayne sharing some insights into neurodiversity at work

How the session will be structured:

We’ll combine some evidence-based input from Anne around common challenges and opportunities when it comes to the attraction and retention of neurodivergent talent, before introducing some real-world scenarios to deconstruct and explore together — aiming for actionable insights and mutual learning. There will be plenty of space for discussion and the confidential sharing of questions and ideas among the group.

Who the session is for:

Senior HR and People-Ops professions, and business leaders, keen to further their knowledge of Neurodiversity and discover ways to better attract and retain neurodivergent talent within their teams.

Tuesday 3 August
4:00pm5:30pm UK time

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Helpful resources

To support the session you'll also get access to some stimulating resources to help you revisit and deepen your understanding of neurodiversity.


This session is part of our NeuroAware programme, bringing a broader focus on neurodiversity, and the significance of different thinking styles within modern working teams.

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