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How SAP, Microsoft, & Hewlett Packard Enterprise are Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

How SAP, Microsoft, & Hewlett Packard Enterprise are Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodiversity is a concept that entails understanding natural diversity in human brain function and behaviour, including conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome, etc. Although these conditions were earlier seen as disabilities, an increasing number of organisations now recognize the importance of having neurodivergent employees. This paper seeks to describe how SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have taken the lead in accepting neurodiversity.


SAP is a multinational software company that has embraced neurodiversity. In 2013, they devised a plan to employ autistic people who could provide the needed support for success. They expanded their program to include other forms of neurodiversity, such as ADHD and dyslexia. As we speak today, there are over 200 employees in this category across 14 countries globally.

The Autism at Work program includes a structured recruitment and onboarding process, including ongoing support and training for both employees and their managers. Researchers have discovered that neurodivergent individuals tend to perform well in tasks that involve attention to detail or are oriented toward complex problem-solving abilities and pattern recognition skills. Additionally, their presence at work leads to innovative solutions, resulting in improved customer service.


Microsoft launched a similar program in 2015 through the Autism Hiring Program. The main aim of this scheme is to create jobs for autistic people and support them while at work. Besides being involved with individuals on the autism spectrum, like SAP, it has also brought other types of necromorphs into this line, such as ADHD/dyslexia.

On top of a four-week training course (that covers technical skills) there is continual assistance from job coaches throughout Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program for those who qualify. Neurodivergent employees excel in roles that require attention to detail, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills, according to Microsoft. In addition, they can be a fresh eye in the workplace, leading to better innovation and productivity.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced its Dandelion program in 2015 as a global technology company. The goal was to create employment opportunities for autistic people and offer support during this period. The organisation has gradually expanded its Dandelion program to accommodate other neurodivergents, such as ADHD and dyslexia.

Dandelion comes with a structured recruitment and onboarding process including ongoing support and training for both the employees and their managers. Therefore, HPE has found that neurodivergent employees are competent when it comes to tasks that involve meticulousness as well as analytical reasoning with problem-solving abilities being put into practice. This is because they have different views of things thus bringing different innovative ideas resulting in better customer service.

Neurodiversity in SAP, Microsoft, & Hewlett Packard Enterprise

For instance, SAP, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise represent some companies that support diversity in workplaces by embracing it within their workforce. These corporations, through offering job opportunities along with backing this type of individuals, have both attained an inclusive environment for everyone who works there. Plus, they profited from an organization that is diverse due to neurodiverse employees’ talents and unique perspectives. This makes possible the development of more innovative ideas, improved productivity, or good customer service. There are many reasons why businesses should embrace neurodiversity: Neurelastic workers' variety brings about better innovations at workplaces.

Leading this transformation are SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise as they embrace neurodiversity at work. They encourage more innovative, inclusive and productive environments by recognizing the strengths and perspectives that come with a neurodiverse person. In their bids to support their neurodiverse employees and capitalize on their abilities for business success, it is clear these companies demonstrate initiative. Being pioneers in implementing and refining these programs, they provide a game plan for other firms to follow thus emphasizing that a diverse workforce has huge benefits.

Diverse Jobs Matter also promotes workplace inclusion by helping businesses become more accepting of diversity through resources. Diverse Jobs Matter emphasizes the importance of maintaining diversity in driving business success by aligning with inclusive practices of industry leaders like SAP, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. This means embracing neurodiversity is not just right but smart too as it gives an advantage over competitors for such firms involved in it.