You may well have people working for you who are on the autism spectrum. Take Jack (not his real name) for example, he has a formal diagnosis and with our help he is able to work together with his employer to understand how this affects his daily work routines. However, with Christine (not her real name) this wasn't the case. Hers is a very hidden disability. In fact she didn’t know herself until we got involved and began to explain why things weren't always going as smoothly as she would like.
Jack had always been fantastically good at the technical side of his job, but somehow he always managed to rub people up the wrong way. Christine was the gifted student who excelled at her chosen subject, but was so incredibly shy and reticent and struggled painfully with social conversation. A high flyer once she was sure of her ground, but initially she found it impossible to either start or finish what seemed a fairly trivial task and seemed to need more input and support to complete it than you thought possible.
As a caring and conscientious employer or tutor, you may find yourself working with individuals like Jack or Christine and find their behaviour extremely challenging – challenging to your sense of what “normal” behaviours feel like, challenging to your management practice that is built on these “normal” behaviours. You've tried all kinds of different approaches to try to resolve these problems, but the performance toolkit that seems to work for everyone else just doesn't seem to work for them. You are becoming baffled, frustrated, exhausted.
And, if you are starting to suspect there is a hidden disability at work, you now have a legal obligation to support these individuals in a more targeted way under the Equality Act 2010.
This is where Working Well With Autism come in. Our specialist expertise is autism, how it can manifest itself in places of work and study, and how to manage its impact on all concerned. We will work with you and the person with autism to:
- Identify the triggers to the problems that you and they are experiencing.
- Help you find reasonable adjustments that will eliminate these triggers or limit their severity and impact. Often, it may only take a small tweak to a work practice or the work environment to lead to real lasting change.
- Train and coach you and your staff to become autism enablers in their own right, to understand, accommodate and think autism as part of your everyday lives. In this way, you will become less dependent on ongoing external autism support.
- Help you generate a compelling business case to demonstrate the tangible benefits to the bottom line of providing autism awareness and support in the workplace.
Contact us for an initial free consultation and we will be happy to talk through your situation and work out together what can be done to make your place of work or study more harmonious and productive.