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challenges in everyday work

Despite many profitable skills, autistic professionals sometimes behave unusual in the company. This often creates misunderstandings or false impressions on both sides. Below are a few examples with recommendations:


Possible challenges and misleading impressions from the entrepreneur's point of view:

Do you exhibit bizarre or repetitive behavior?

It could be overwhelmed or sensory overstimulated.

Check whether the general conditions are right. Are environmental stimuli distracting? Is the task too big? Are there any questions about the task? 

Work orders were not or only insufficiently completed. Do you have the impression that there is a lack of motivation?

The information may not have been formulated precisely enough.

Check that accurate information has been provided. What exactly needs to be done and by when? Who is the contact person if anything is unclear? How long can you think for yourself before you have to ask?

Is your autistic specialist constantly looking to talk to a team member? The flow of speech is extremely high?

Some people with autism have difficulties judging when it is too much or too little. 

Create rules. How long you can talk about a topic or which topics can be discussed.

  • Spontaneous and flexible job-related actions - deviate from regular structures/rules

  • Communication (make small talk, get to the point, don't monologue, etc.)

  • Recognizing faces including assigning names

  • correct interpretation of facial expressions and gestures

  • Multitasking 

  • Correct interpretation of idioms, phrases, jokes, irony or subliminal

  • Understanding unspoken expectations of others

  • Prioritization, planning and structuring of tasks

  • Keep an eye on time management

  • Filtering of environmental stimuli (smells, temperature, noise, light)

  • corporate events

  • touching, like shaking hands

  • commute

  • interpret questions correctly (e.g. in job interviews or in meetings) 

Possible challenges from the perspective of autistic people:

Unfortunately, autistic professionals are consistently over- or underestimated by team members and supervisors because of the way they socially interact or communicate. Remain flexible as an employer, create suitable framework conditions at the workplace and in the working environment. In this way, you can make a major contribution yourself so that both sides benefit from it.

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