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Diversity and Inclusion with Shauna Murphy

Inclusion Heroes - Neurodiversity Week

What does inclusion mean to you?

To me, inclusion means that everyone feels welcome and supported in our workplace. People feel empowered to ask for accommodations for their needs without feeling weird, awkward or guilty. Whether working in a physical office or a virtual space, we should strive to create an environment where people feel comfortable coming to work. Most of all, inclusion means that people’s differences are celebrated, and their challenges are appreciated.

How have you experienced inclusion?

Neurodiversity in the workplace is not a new concept, but it is one we are becoming more aware of. I am on the Neurodiversity Network Committee, and I am delighted to be a part of Deloitte's journey in becoming a more inclusive and accessible workplace for neurodivergent individuals.

How have you championed inclusion at Deloitte?

When I first started at Deloitte, I struggled without knowing why I was struggling.  I felt a bit alone and unsure of who could help me. I have since joined the Neurodiversity Network committee. It is great to see how the network is exploring how to make Deloitte more inclusive for neurodivergent people and those who have neurodivergent loved ones. I’m excited to share my journey with those who may be facing similar challenges to me.

Describe inclusion in 3 words.

  • Understanding
  • Celebration
  • Empowerment

Since joining the Neurodiversity Network committee at Deloitte, I've seen how the network comes together to explore ways to make Deloitte more inclusive for neurodivergent employees.

How is Deloitte helping you build your career?

I’m in my third year of my training contract with Deloitte. I passed my FAEs with Chartered Accountants Ireland last summer.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned during your time at Deloitte?

Starting my first job after college with Deloitte’s grad programme was exciting, but also daunting. I found myself facing many new challenges - not just the usual challenges of adjusting to a new workplace, but also being autistic in a world that doesn’t understand you. At that time, I had only recently discovered I was autistic, so very often I couldn’t even identify why I was struggling.  I have learned so much during my time at Deloitte so far, especially what ways of working suit me best and how to advocate for myself.

What is one piece of advice you know now you would share to yourself when you started at Deloitte?

I would say ask for help! If no one knows you are struggling, no one can help you. And that goes for all aspects of your time at Deloitte – mental health, accommodations, work life balance and your daily tasks!

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