Rowley said The Mind Lab provided Rowley with the psychological safety to be himself.
“I think it is the first really inclusive place where I have worked and being able to go to work every day and be myself has really transformed my life,” he said.
“I just spent my days hanging out with cool people doing cool, purposeful stuff.”
Rowley wanted the same inclusive environment for other neurodiverse New Zealanders.
The Brain Badge is still in its developmental stage so businesses that get involved have an opportunity to collaborate and co-create the certification.
Two large corporations, The Warehouse and Auckland Transport, have already signed up.
The Warehouse chief human resources officer Richard Parker said the collaborative certification project would be a global first and benefit not just New Zealand places of work but local communities and children.
Richard Parker said The Warehouse was committed to making its workplaces more accessible for neurodivergent people. Photo / Supplied
“We urge you to say yes to innovation, to better wellbeing at work and opportunity. We’re committed to making our workplaces more accessible for neuro divergent people,” Parker said.
“We’re proud to be working together to proactively support the strengths that different thinking can bring to New Zealand companies.”
Auckland Transport head of people experience Antony Hall said the Brain Badge certification would allow businesses to get better at supporting existing neurodiverse employees.
It would also look at how businesses attract and accommodate neurodiverse talent – a valuable part of the workforce in the complex, post-Covid-19 world.
“In the spirit of true diversity and inclusion, they are looking for Kiwi businesses to collaborate and co-create the certification and then test it to ensure the most robust and effective human resources rollout and learning platform,” he said.
“They have an interesting model – using corporate innovation methodologies to innovate the workplace.”
The ultimate aim of Brain Badge is the development of a certification that will be awarded to organisations that have gone through a neurodiversity education and awareness programme.
Like the Gender Tick, which is committed to gender equity, and The Rainbow Tick, which supports sexual and gender diversity, the Brain Badge recognises, welcomes, and supports neurodiverse employees.
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