Neurodivergent Burnout at Work - Panel Discussion Playback

Note - Because technology was not our forte this day, attendees were not put into a waiting room and were able to hear a couple of minutes of our pre-panel conversation. Where normally we'd edit out that part, we decided to keep it in and Dr. Erin will explain why in the recording. It's approx 2 mins in length right at the start.

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The realities of neurodivergence and burnout

Neurodivergent folks are more prone to burnout at work. This can lead to increased leave of absence, longer leave of absence, and even permanent delays in returning to work. This can cost companies not just thousands of dollars per employee, but it robs companies of the many gifts Neurodivergent folk bring to the table.

More than that, the emotional and psychological toll it takes on the Neurodivergent individual can be severe: feelings of shame, and decreased experiences of personal value and self worth can result.

So why are Neurodivergent folk burning out at such high rates and what can we do about it?

On this panel you will hear from TWO Neurodiverse people who have experienced significant, profound and prolonged burnout due to work, what they are doing to help themselves recover, and what would have been useful in supporting them in not burning out in the first place.

This is a critical panel to attend if you want to ensure you are creating neuro-inclusive and psychologically safe and supportive work environments for all employees. The strategies you learn today wont just support your Neurodiverse folk, they will augment the experience and capacity of all employees and team members.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has identified 13 factors of Psychologically Safe & Healthy Workplaces. Organizations who put them into effect can empower their workers to develop true work-life balance - leading to increased productivity, motivation, and engagement at work.

  • Culture
  • Psychological & Social Support
  • Civility & Respect
  • Clear Leadership & Expectations
  • Psychological Demands
  • Growth & Development
  • Recognition & Reward
  • Involvement & Influence
  • Workload Management
  • Engagement
  • Balance
  • Psychological Protection
  • Protection of Physical Safety

What We Talked About

Part 1

Why Neurodivergent people burnout at higher rates and why it has nothing to do with differences in brain structures

Part 2

How masking and stigma at work are having physical impacts on Neurodivergent folk - and  can lead to severe mental health outcomes

Part 3

The costs of burnout and leaves of absence for companies – the financial and practical impacts of losing valued employees

Part 4

The impacts of work-related burnout on Neurodiverse folk, and the relationship between burnout, mental wellbeing, self-esteem, and trauma

Part 5

Insight into the experiences of Neurodivergent burnout and why it is significantly different than the experience of Neurotypical burnout 

Part 6

What companies can do right now to improve the workplace for Neurodivergent employees to prevent burnout and to promote neuro-inclusivity

Our Panel

The Expert Talk Co-Founder

Dr. Erin Watson

ADHD & Autism Coach

Seren Sterling


CEO, The Expert Talk

Jennifer Prendergast