LONDON, May 4, 2023 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring sustainable designs, innovative products, bold social initiatives, and other creative projects that are changing the way we work, live, and interact with the world. Among these trailblazing innovations, SHL earned finalist status in the Workplace category with its Assessing Neurodiverse Talent report.
The first of its kind, SHL’s research explores how neurodivergent adults experience and perform, within typical hiring process, and more specifically, on a variety of distinct types of selection assessments. Additionally, the research investigates candidates’ willingness to disclose neurodivergent conditions to potential employers and the impact that inclusive language has on boosting disclosure rates.
This year’s World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 45 winners, 216 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions—with health, climate, energy, and AI among the most popular categories. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,200 entries across urban design, education, nature, politics, technology, corporate social responsibility, and more. Several new categories were added this year including rapid response, crypto and blockchain, agriculture, and workplace. The 2023 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Italy to Singapore to New Zealand.
Fast Company’s Spring 2023 issue (on newsstands May 9, 2023) will showcase some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and forward-thinking companies that are actively tackling global challenges. The solutions cover everything from water reuse in urban environments and modular housing to an initiative combating book bans and a program that spotlights trans-friendly salons around the world.
“Our research shares important insight into the different hiring experiences and barriers that neurodivergent individuals face when applying for jobs today. With simple changes, employers can minimize bias and dramatically improve inclusion and accessibility throughout the hiring experience for candidates,” said Sara Gutierrez, Chief Science Officer. “We are truly honored to be a finalist in Fast Company’s prestigious list of World Changing Ideas this year, it’s a major accomplishment to be regarded as one of today’s innovators and industry disruptors.”
“It’s thrilling to see the creativity and innovation that are so abundant among this year’s honorees,” says Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “While it’s easy to feel discouraged by the state of the world, the entrepreneurs, companies, and nonprofits featured in this package show the limitless
potential to address society’s most urgent problems. Our journalists have highlighted some of the most exciting and impactful work being done today—from housing to equity to sustainability—and we look forward to seeing not only how these projects evolve but how they inspire others to develop solutions of their own.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards:
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
SHL, the global leader in Talent Insight, transforms businesses by leveraging the power of people, science, and technology. Our unrivaled scientifically-backed workforce data and highly validated talent solutions provide organizations with the insights needed to optimally leverage their people’s potential and maximize business outcomes. We equip recruiters and leaders with people insights at an organization, team, and individual level, accelerating growth, decision-making, talent mobility, and inspiring an inclusive culture that supports game-changing agility. For more information, visit shl.com.