In The Know | LD in the Workplace
In an unprecedented exodus, more than 47 million Americans in 2021 quit their jobs, according a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Many dub that great migration — driven by the COVID-19 pandemic — the Great Resignation. And there are few signs it’s slowing. All those departures mean opportunities for jobseekers. But opportunities for whom? Even as employers increasingly talk the talk about diversifying the workforce — including making it more neurodiverse — candidates with learning and attention issues often aren’t making the cut. According to Harvard Business Review, neurodivergent unemployment soars as high as 80%. Not only do neurodivergent jobseekers miss out, but employers lose out on the value these employees add to the company in terms of productivity, culture, and diversity of thought. In fact, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. While learning differences often come coupled with greater A-BILITIES, the fact remains that there is still more education that can be done regarding the unique talents of the neurodivergent. On this episode, we travel to the Windy City to visit with a young public relations practitioner who shares about navigating the workforce with ADHD.