Changing the workplace environment and not the person.
Over our first few months, there are a few key points which have been prominent in many of the conversations we have had. One is the lack of awareness of autism at many levels of local and national organisations, and the second is the number of autistic employees who do not feel able/willing to disclose their autism to their employer.
Awareness ranges from very little (if any knowledge – Rain Man), through to those with personal experiences. As a business, we pride ourselves on the fact that the ideas we bring to businesses are based on those ideas from autistic people, and whilst this can only be from the people we have spoken directly with, we are always looking for new perspectives, so please do get in contact.
From speaking to people currently in employment who do not disclose their diagnosis, the main reason is fear that they will be treated differently which will eventually lead to them being sacked. For many of these people, this opinion is based on their own previous experiences where they have seen their workplace environment change once they have had a conversation with their employers. For what it is worth, my personal opinion is that the individual’s choice has to be respected and whether or not to disclose is down to each individual.
Our aim is to provide training so that all levels of the organisation are aware and accepting of autism. By playing to the strengths of individuals of an organisation, there can be only benefits. I have met with people of different ages all of whom want to work, and I know will bring new skills and ideas to the workplace environment; most importantly, this is across a wide spectrum of jobs.
We have also seen success stories from those who have disclosed their diagnosis and it has been great to speak with these people and hear about the things which have made their workplace successful. By showing yourself as a company who embraces all of its employees, means that the energy people use having to mask their autism can be put towards efficiency and productivity.
We are firm believers that it is the workplace environment which should change and not the person. Whilst this may sound daunting, we can provide tailored solutions to ensure your business will benefit from a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Work with us to help a create spectrum of opportunities which will benefit all of those involved.
Contact us and find out how we can work together. Thomas@track.org.uk