Embracing Autism in the Workplace
Now that you know what Autism is, why should we embrace it in the workplace? Firstly, there are many positive aspects of being on the Spectrum. Being able to think differently or ‘out-of-the-box’ is great for creativity and problem-solving. In fact, studies have shown that because people with Autism focus more of their brain’s resources on visual processing, Autistic people can be found to be up to 40% faster at problem-solving. These studies were conducted by Laurent Mottron, a psychiatrist from the University of Montreal, who studied Autism for years. Some of the other advantages of hiring someone on the spectrum may include:
How to Manage An Autistic Employee
So, you’ve seen the advantages of hiring an Autistic employee, but what about catering for someone with Autism in the workplace? Firstly, managing an Autistic employee comes right down from the recruitment process to assisting them in the workplace, depending if they choose to disclose their diagnosis in an application or in the interview.
Should someone on the Spectrum disclose their diagnosis before the interview, make sure you:
On the Job
When hiring an Autistic employee, make sure you:
People with Autism can bring a lot of great potential in the workplace. With an excellent eye for detail, being extremely passionate and reliable and with a tremendous space for problem-solving and creative thinking, there are many benefits to encouraging neurodiversity on the job.
With the right support, adjustments, and understanding, managing an Autistic employee can be a very rewarding experience. As a result, the more employers know about Autism and managing an Autistic employee, the more encouragement you’ll receive from a vast array of candidates.