AUTISTIC TRAITS THAT CAN BECOME YOUR EDGE IN THE WORKPLACE
Never discount yourself in the workplace just because you are part of the growing population affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The fact that you got the job means that you qualified from the given set of criteria specified for the work in a fair and just manner, just like your normal office mates or co-workers. If you have Asperger’s or high-functioning autism, you need not worry about anything job-related as long as you don’t impede someone else’s pace of work or have no trouble responding appropriately to any given situation in the workplace. Just prove yourself to be a good employee in your company and you’ll be commended for your hard work despite your condition. However, there’s more to your job than just being an average employee.
Many autistic people believe that they cannot deliver the same quality of output that normal employees produce for the company and the thought of surpassing others also seems highly improbable to them. This is not only a wrong mentality but also very restrictive of their true potentials. The truth is that not only are autistic employees valued by their bosses as equally as their normal co-workers, there are instances when they even shine brighter in the workplace because of their unique abilities and traits that are characteristics of autism. So the next time you entertain these anxious thoughts surrounding your work, try to remember all these autism traits that you can easily transform into your own edge as a dedicated employee. But before you can accomplish this feat, you need to at least know what these specific traits are that can make you a bigger asset to your workplace.
Has little to no friends
Don’t be discouraged if there are only one or two individuals that you can call friends or even none at all. As long as you don’t mind working alone, and you got your family as your support system, there are certain types of work where your employer would prefer to keep you over the normal others. Such lines of work require employees who can be on duty at relatively long hours on their own, who don’t mind talking to no one and who can stay passionate and focused. As such, autistic employees like you can become more productive on overtime work and busy seasons when deadlines are just around the corner. More work and less talk will easily reflect in your overall productivity.
Has strong visual prowess but lacks language skills
Not easily getting the gist of a conversation you had with your workmates don’t necessarily mean that you’re totally handicapped. When you have speech challenges, there’s a big chance that you make up for this weakness by having very strong visual prowess which could give you an edge in making presentations and handling organizing tasks. With proper training, you can easily conceptualize and be able to make prototypes of 2-dimensional objects which is very helpful if you are in the architectural design or model construction industry.
Prefers animal companionship over human interaction
There are certain workplaces that require employees to be more immersed with animal relationships than anything else. These job opportunities can be provided by zoos, veterinary clinics, farms, and animal enthusiasts hiring for curators. You don’t have to be very critical with how you manage interpersonal aspects if your job description doesn’t make it compulsory. As long as you communicate the important things to the right person, you are by all means an employee worth keeping for the job.
Has difficulty looking at the whole perspective but very keen to details
If you have this trait, don’t immediately feel inferior because you don’t have the capability to see the bigger picture that others easily can. Because when it comes to looking at the minute details, your ability is probably top-notch and there are many situations when your accurate observations can become a big plus for your work. Companies often give credit to people who make grand discoveries just from seeing very tiny changes or oddities in the detail of objects. This trait is especially helpful if you are working for a science laboratory where you can detect developments in experiments, space science facilities where you can notice movements and anomalies, or art museums where you can spot the original artwork from the fake.
Have obsessive tendencies when it comes to their interests
Passion for work can easily go a long way especially to autistic individuals who are employed in their specific job of interest. If you are one of those autistic employees who easily get absorbed into their own world from working on things that they love, you easily become an invaluable human resource for your job. Organizations love working with people who would stop at nothing in pursuit of their field of interest, parallel to the goals and objectives of the said organization. There are specific areas where this passion for work can easily show, such as the academe, pure sciences, archaeology, and the arts.
Strictly respects, and abides by the rules
Problems often arise in the workplace whenever employees start to bend and break the rules just for their own selfish interests. It is common to see and hear news about employees being exposed of committing criminal acts detrimental to their organization or company. That is why autistic employees who tend to strictly follow the rules and regulations of the organization they are working for can most likely retain their jobs compared to the huge turnover rate of normal employees.
You must know, however, that the impact of the above-mentioned traits is not absolute in all organizational structures and work environment where autistic individuals are employed. We recognize the fact that all individuals, even those with autism disorder, are different in a way and the same goes for our working situations and conditions. If you have more concerns regarding this topic or the content of this page, we recommend that you seek professional help or see further links for more support.