Having Asperger’s Disorder can be a great asset if the adult finds his way into the right position. Several aspects of Asperger’s Disorder that cause problems in the social arena can be ideal traits as an employee. The lack of interpersonal connectedness makes the Asperger’s Disorder worker more connected to his job than the average employee.
Many adults with Asperger’s Disorder label themselves as workaholics. They love their work and derive much of their life’s satisfaction from their jobs. Their lack of interest in social relationships and people’s emotions and opinions leaves the Asperger’s Disorder adult out of the troublesome office politics, gossip, and conflicts that detract his coworkers from getting the job done. If given specific procedures, duties, deadlines, and a quiet environment to do his job alone, the Asperger’s Disorder adult will be a valuable employee.
Dedication to the job, perfectionism, and attention to detail render high performance and little time lost due to errors. His preference for routine in his life will yield a reliable employee who shows up to work daily and can be counted on to do his duties day in and day out. Provided he feels comfortable in his work environment, the Asperger’s Disorder adult can be a long-term employee.
Job strengths found in employees with Asperger’s Disorder:
• Attention to detail
• Comfort with repetitive tasks
• Rarely bored
• Loyal to the job
• Longevity if not fired
• Follow procedures consistently
• Do not break known company rules
• Rare absences
• Rare personal phone calls
• Avoid office politics, cliques, and gossip
• Will not waste time socializing
• Think outside the box
• Single-minded focus on work
• Excellent memory
• Love to work
• Content to work alone