Many Autistic employees benefit from transition warnings with any type of change in the workplace. Many Autistic employees thrive on routine and repetition. When things are changed un-expectantly, it can be challenging to cope. When preparation and discussions are provided in advance this can make transitions more manageable. Many times Autistic employees stay in the same role as they find it challenging to shift roles or move up the ladder in the workplace. When support, training, and additional time and warning are provided it can boost success.
Types of Transitions
- Change of supervisor or new co-workers
- Work structural changes
- Changes to management or policies
- Changes to how tasks are completed
- Changes to scheduling
What do Transition Warnings look like?
- Early discussions with upcoming changes
- Writing it down in a calendar
- Frequent reminders of upcoming changes
- Write down the changes in an email
- Provide visuals as needed (i.e., picture of new supervisor)
- Provide as much notice as possible
Transition warnings between tasks: Some employees need transition warnings when switching between tasks. Especially if it is a new task. This could be completed with timers so they know when the change is coming or using schedule reminders.
Time to Socialize: Similar transition warnings can be included when planning social events outside of work. Many Autistic employees shared they would like to take part in social events but need plenty of notice in advance to prepare. It may also be beneficial to include them in the planning process to accommodate other sensory needs.