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D&I Weekly News Round-Up: Neurodiversity, Gender Bias and more

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Caroline Berns

D&I Weekly News Round-Up: Neurodiversity, Gender Bias and more

​Welcome to the latest edition of Ericsson's Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about companies with neurodivergent employees, over-qualified job applicants, employer-sponsored childcare benefits, and female train drivers in Saudi Arabia. 

Gender Bias 

According to a new study, being over-qualified when applying to jobs impacts men and women differently. The researchers found that hiring managers were more likely to reject overqualified men than women, due to assumptions they were making about commitment. Read more here


When we speak about a neurodiverse workforce, we refer to people with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, or other neurological conditions. More and more companies have now launched targeted initiatives to hire and integrate neurodivergent workers – this article gives a good overview of various programs and successes. 

Working Parents 

Are onsite-childcare options going to become more common? According to surveys done in the US and the UK, a lot of employees are now asking for employer-sponsored childcare benefits. Offering such benefits can positively impact employee retention and well-being for all parents, and can help mothers stay in the workforce. 

Women Empowerment 

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been actively driving the participation of women in the workforce, and opened many jobs that used to be restricted to men only. A job advert looking for 30 female train drivers now resulted in over 28,000 applications from women. Read more here

Caroline Berns is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Middle East & Africa at Ericsson.

The original article was published here.

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