Decorators merchant Brewers Decorator Centres has launched a neurodiversity policy to support its workforce.
Through the policy, the organisation, which has 1,500 employees, has committed to welcome and support any neurodiverse staff, customers, suppliers and others encountered through work, ensuring a diversity of cognitive approaches within an inclusive workplace and that staff are not subject to unfavourable treatment if they disclose a neurodiverse condition.
Brewers will apply the policy to anyone who has a confirmed diagnosis, is currently undergoing assessment or has reason to believe they may be neurodiverse, and will raise awareness and create a culture where employees feel safe to discuss their needs and advocate for themselves.
Additionally, an informal discussion with a manager, senior manager and member of the people team can be held if an employee discloses that they are neurodiverse to establish if they need additional support at work, such as any reasonable adjustments. These could include amendments to their day-to-day work or training courses for managers.
A needs assessment with a neurodiversity expert can also be held through the organisation’s occupational health provider or the government-supported scheme Access to Work to identify what reasonable adjustments may suit employees who request support.
Brewers will also signpost relevant internal support, such as its employee assistance programme and mental health first aiders, external resources and charities.
Jane Clifford, people director at Brewers, said: “I am very proud of our recently launched neurodiversity policy. We want to ensure we value the contribution of our neurodiverse colleagues, and that if they need any support they feel reassured that they will be helped and listened to. In 2024, we will be partnering with The Brain Charity to roll-out neurodiversity awareness training into the business. I am keen to ensure we continue to learn and develop the ways we can support our neurodiverse colleagues.”