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Aspergers Adults in the Workplace

"I want to better understand one of my employees who has Asperger Syndrome. He is a valued member of our company, but without going into detail here, we're currently having some issues that will need to be resolved. Let's just say that the relationship he has with some of the other coworkers is conflicted. Any tips for providing the best working environment for this gentleman?"

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  1. This helps me greatly to understand an employee of mine - I've been nuts trying to figure out how to deal with her. She's an excellent worker if I could just have her doing the paperwork/computer work.... but she doesn't get along with co-workers at all.

  2. Perhaps educating the co-workers a little on the condition of Asperger Syndrome, for instance this condition is a disability that is not physical but al the same it is there. My son has Asperger Syndrome which was diagnosed just before his thirteenth birthday. He sufferer at the hands of bullies throughout the whole of his secondary education and although in college now, he will no doubt struggle through his working life if awareness isn't pushed. I believe that had the children in my son's school been educated on his condition then maybe he wouldn't have necessarily endured all of those years of upset.

  3. Comment from Jerri:

    Lucky man, that you care enough to look into this! Sounds like you have mentor inclinations and any aspie in the NT workplace needs one. When I lost mine it was only a matter of months before I was fired. Co-workers are the bed of coals that aspies must tread in order to do their jobs and it is a daily gauntlet. Being forced to socialize on top of doing the best job we can do (which is what is most important to us) is quite the stretch. Lots of folks w AS need their own space which is sacred to them (locker, empty unused room, bench out back) and which is needed for throttling down when anxiety becomes overwhelming. Your guy may be doing his job and portions of others, as we are all about duty and responsiblity. If he is taking the lions share of the thankless jobs or picking up after socialite co-workers he will be bulding up frustration on the inside, even if he never mentions it. And every industry has exposure to chemicals, lighting and noise levels that can be highly intrusive and distracting, if not downright unhealthy for the sensitive. It will take a keen eye or an honest onlooker to spot significant kinks and bring them to the table if you are not working directly with him to see it yourself. A lot of workplace difficulties arise out of politics. It's difficult to work in a place where office rules/regulations are flaunted by some without it ever being addressed. And chances are, he knows more about the individuals he sees every day than anyone there. I hope you find a way to save the situation and most importantly, the man behind the situation.


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