75-year-old Poul and 29-year-old Morten have a unique partnership
Morten Zøllner Otte’s brain functions differently from the majority. That is why he is assisted in his job by Poul Søe Pedersen, who is 46 years older. "None of us speak very much, but we work well together," explains Morten Zøllner Otte.
Being mentored by Poul Søe Pedersen and working closely with him has helped him in his daily activities.
The term neurodivergent means that the characteristics of the brain “diverge” from the majority, possibly leading to a diagnosis of ADHD, autism, mental disorders, epilepsy or other conditions. In essence, if you are neurodivergent, your brain is different from the majority.
Neurodivegent is an umbrella term invented to encompass all the different ways in which the brain may function atypically.
Source: Specialisterne (Danish glossary)
“He is no more different than anyone of us”
Poul Søe Pedersen is also pleased with the collaboration with Morten Zøllner Otte. In fact, he doesn’t buy into the idea that his 29-year-old colleague is different.
“I just don’t see it. He is no more different than anyone of us. I have seen many different characters in my time with the bank. We are all different – and wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?” says Poul Søe Pedersen smiling.
He did not know what neurodivergence was before Morten Zøllner Otte joined the department – admitting that he still doesn’t know what it really is, shrugging his shoulders.
He says that what distinguishes him the most from Morten Zøllner Otte is the fact that Morten comes into office and goes home at the exact same times every day.
“The working hours are more fluid to the rest of us, and we do not give it much thought whether we go home at 4 or 6pm,” says Poul Søe Pedersen.