In today’s workplace, it’s becoming increasingly important for employers to recognise and accommodate the diverse needs of their employees, including those who are neurodivergent.
Neurodivergent individuals have different ways of thinking and processing information, which can present unique challenges in a traditional work environment. To support these employees and ensure they are able to perform at their best, many individuals and companies are now using Enna’s Reasonable Adjustments Passport Template.
What is a Reasonable Adjustments Passport?
A Reasonable Adjustments Passport is a document that outlines the specific needs and adjustments of a neurodivergent employee in the workplace. It can be used as a tool for both employees and managers to ensure that the employee is able to perform at their best.
For neurodivergent employees, the passport provides a personalised and portable record of their needs and agreed adjustments. It can include information on their diagnosis, preferred communication style, any triggers or sensitivities they may have, and the adjustments that have been put in place to support them. The passport can be shared with managers, HR representatives, and colleagues to help them understand the employee’s needs and how best to support them.
For managers, the passport provides valuable information on how to support and accommodate their neurodivergent employees. It can be used to inform the development of personalised work plans, identify any potential barriers to performance, and ensure that the employee is able to fully contribute to the workplace. By using the passport as a guide, managers can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment for all employees.
How to use the passport: as a neurodivergent employee
As a neurodivergent employee, using Enna’s Reasonable Adjustments Passport can be a valuable tool to help you navigate your work environment and ensure that your needs are met. Here are some steps you can follow to effectively use your passport:
- Obtain a copy of your passport. You can download it to your computer using the link below.
- Arrange a meeting with your line manager.
- Fill in the employee information at the top.
- Work with your line manager to identify your needs, and what potential challenges you may experience as a result of your neurodiversity whilst at work.
- Discuss potential adjustments that could help, and once agreed, list them in the boxes on the table.
- Review and finalise. Once you have completed the passport, review it with your manager to ensure that all the information is accurate.
- Make any necessary changes and implement the adjustments. Come up with a plan with your manager about how you’re going to implement the agreed adjustments, and in what time frame.
- Share with your HR department. When completed, share it with HR so they can confirm the adjustments, and support where necessary.
How to use the passport: as a manager supporting someone neurodivergent
As a manager, using the passport can help you effectively support your neurodivergent employee. Here are some steps to follow to use the passport effectively:
- Review the passport. Make sure you are familiar with the contents and how it works.
- Work with your employee to identify their needs. Make sure you are actively listening to your employee, and ask them open questions about their potential challenges.
- Work with them to discuss potential adjustments that could support their needs. Remember, adjustments have to be reasonable. [Read our reasonable adjustments guide for managers].
- Develop a plan for how you can implement these adjustments in the workplace.
- Educate the wider team. If the individual you manage is happy, share it with the wider team to ensure they understand what has been put in place. This can help create a more inclusive work environment and prevent misunderstandings.
- Put in time to regularly review the passport. The passport is a living document that should be regularly reviewed and updated.
Contact Enna on email@example.com to get extra support with the passport.