In the first of our ‘Spotlight’ Series, we look at inclusion in the workplace and, in this particular example, how ‘workplace adjustments’ can help people with autism – and their colleagues – have a mutual understanding of each other’s needs.
Autism shouldn’t be a barrier to a successful career but historically, some individuals with Autism have been limited because of colleagues and managers who don’t understand their needs.
Equally, a lack of awareness of the impact of their actions on others can often leave autistic employees isolated.
Thankfully today, there’s a much better awareness of the need to make workplace adjustments to enable the inclusion of staff with autism, or other specific needs, and support them in a way that lets them shine.
But what do we mean by ‘adjustments’? Often this can be as simple as making sure that there is an appropriate communication plan in place, or for some it might include a ‘working from home’ arrangement, made clear to and discussed with the whole team.
After all, to make any group of individuals function effectively as a team needs everyone to understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses and needs.
This video is just one example of a business doing it right. It shows how effective communication and a mutual understanding of each other’s needs can enable everyone to contribute to the performance of the organisation.