How to cope with me, your #Autistic colleage
As someone with autism, I know that I bring unique strengths and challenges to my job. I may approach tasks and social interactions differently than my coworkers, but that doesn't make me any less valuable as a team member.
Here are a few things that my colleagues could do that would make it easier for me to succeed at work:
They communicate clearly and directly.
Autistic individuals like me may have difficulty interpreting nonverbal cues or picking up on subtlety, so it really helps when my coworkers are explicit in their instructions and expectations.
They respect my boundaries.
Autistic individuals may need more personal space or may not always want to engage in small talk.
Autistic individuals may need more time to process information or may have a slower response time.
They offer support.
If I'm struggling with a task or social interaction, my colleagues could offer assistance or guidance in a supportive manner.
By following these practices, my colleagues could help create a positive and inclusive work environment where I feel valued and supported. It takes a little extra effort, but it's worth it to have a workplace where everyone can thrive.