With the growing identification of neurodivergent people in the workplace and approximately one in seven people in the world identifying as neurodivergent, it's important we explore this topic.

While organisations have made strides in implementing practices and policies aimed at fostering an inclusive culture, we recognise that there is still more we can do to foster a neuro-inclusive workplace.

Neurodivergent people offer a wealth of unique skill sets, thinking patterns, talents, and strengths, enriching our organisation in immeasurable ways. Embracing neurodiversity is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes business sense.

Neurodiversity in the workplace

We all have different brains that work in different ways, and neurodiversity refers to all the unique ways in which we exist, think, process information, feel, and behave.

To truly embrace the diversity that we all bring to the workplace, it requires seeing what makes others unique, as a strength.

Neurodiversity workplace guide

In collaboration with QBE employees and external experts, we’ve developed this guide to provide an overview of neurodiversity, increase awareness, and highlight available support pathways.

We’ve incorporated practical tips by creating an environment where everyone can thrive, feel a sense of belonging, respect and value for their contributions – key values to our organisational culture.

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QBE Pride Not Atypical podcast series

As a recognised Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) platinum employer, we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our inclusion initiatives, continue to raise awareness and educate leaders and employees alike, on the importance of LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

Emerging research suggests that more can be done to support those with the intersecting identities of neurodivergence in the LGBTIQ+ community. Building on the neurodiversity guide and to bring this topic to life, QBE Pride are proud to present the Not Atypical podcast series. We’ll hear from leading industry voices and QBE employees as they share insights and their lived experience, unpacking some of the challenges and assumptions faced by neurodivergent people who are also part of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Tune in to be part of an authentic conversation, where we engage hearts and challenge mindsets.

Episode 1: What is neurodivergence?

We’ll be exploring the 101 of neurodivergence, and we’re honoured to be joined by Aron Mercer. Aron is part of the founding team at Xceptional, an award-winning social enterprise with a dual mission: creating meaningful careers for neurodivergent individuals while addressing talent challenges for businesses.

Episode 2: Fireside chat

In this episode, we hear from our very own Kimberley O’Reilly (she/her) – QBE Pride Co Lead and senior workers compensation leader. Kimberley authentically shares her story, including why visible representation and positive role models matter and the power of our inclusive culture at QBE.

Episode 3: Neurodivergence in LGBTIQ+ community

Ellie Watts (she/they) is a senior relationship manager with Pride in Diversity. Ellie’s lived experience as a non-binary bisexual neurodivergent person, has made them fiercely passionate about the power of visible role models and the impact storytelling can have on changing hearts and minds.