Due to misconceptions surrounding autism, many companies miss out on the strengths and benefits autistic employees bring to the table. Here are some reasons hiring autistic employees is a smart move for your company/organization.
Attention to detail
People with Autism are very attuned to detail and are often commended for their accuracy.
When given tasks people with Autism are able to persist and focus on detailed work and often find opportunities to concentrate on work for long periods of time to be fulfilling.
People with Autism thrive in a work environment that is structured and provides routine and predictability. This often results in people with Autism staying with a position/company longer than other employees might.
Highly Retained Employees
Autistic employees are more likely than their neurotypical peers to stay at companies longer.
Many autistic individuals are described as trustworthy, innovative, attentive to details, analytical thinkers, productive, reliable, and more. Many of them become masters of their trade and therefore are less likely to get bored with their work.
Different Way of Thinking
Thinking patterns don’t tend to follow convention. Autistic individuals consider a broader range of possibilities and are less likely to make assumptions. Many can process large amounts of information rapidly because they are good at spotting patterns and making connections.
Diversity & Inclusivity
It adds to the general diversity of the company, which contributes to the ability to meet customer needs, creativity, innovation, and the accessibility of products and services. It also enhances the company’s brand as an inclusive employer, and therefore attracts top talents.
Managers of autistic people become better managers to their neurotypical employees as well. They are more inclusive, give better feedback, and set clear expectations.
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