A DUNFERMLINE-based fashion and textiles manufacturer, is redefining workplace inclusivity through its exceptional approach to embracing neurodiversity.

By providing an environment where all employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves, Kalopsia Collective has become a trailblazer in fostering a positive and supportive work culture.

All three company directors are neurodiverse, further highlighting the company's commitment to fostering inclusivity and understanding in the workplace.

Ali Jones, who is one of the company’s early directors has found their neurodiversity quite difficult to navigate yet she presents as being the most creative of the three.

Co-director, Adam Robertson, explained: "In general, we try to keep an open dialogue about things so people feel comfortable. We like to give people enough room to be themselves (as long as it doesn’t negatively affect anyone else).

"We will put things in place for anyone that requests something in particular. But it's really more about creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to ask for what they need."

The company's philosophy revolves around acknowledging that not every employee's brain functions the same way, and traditional work set-ups might not be suitable for everyone.

Kalopsia Collective has, therefore, implemented a range of initiatives to accommodate the unique needs of its workforce, regardless of whether they are neurotypical or neurodiverse.

"In our experience, all of our best staff members have been people who felt like they couldn't succeed in the industry because of their neurodiversity," said Adam.

"They never needed any major changes to the working conditions, just space and time to figure out things their own way without worrying about being judged, mocked, or rushed."

Key initiatives include clear communication and expectations, personalised learning and development and flexible woek=rking arrangements.