Alwanza.net Soft Skills
Many people who work in High Tech are "on the spectrum" of Autism. Asperger's syndrome is (actually, "was" is more accurate) a psychological label that refers to people who are highly functional and slightly autistic. Autism is an incurable neurological disorder. It is not a disease, and people who are highly functional and slightly autistic may not appear to be significantly unusual. The diagnosis of "Asperger's Syndrome" only existed between the years of 1944 and 2013. Since Asperger's syndrome is no longer a psychological diagnosis according to DSM-V, I guess we are now considered a normal variant. There is certainly a growing number of us!
Although there is no cure for Asperger's, those who know they have it (and you may meet many people in high tech who are undiagnosed) work to learn many different coping mechanisms and adjustments for the differences between ourselves and neuro-typicals.
"Aspies" (a nickname for folks with Asperger's syndrome) are particularly suited to High Tech because of their ability to pay attention to and understand at a deep level those subjects for which they have an interest. High Tech tends to interest Aspies who are gifted in or drawn to math, puzzles, hardware tinkering, and electronic communications.
Each person "on the spectrum" is an individual, just as each person who is not "on the spectrum" is an individual. So let me apologize in advance for the generalizations in these documents that may not apply to specific individuals. Please use them as guidelines and modify them as needed.
- Some basic communication and organization that reports expect of their IT Supervisor.
How to be a Manager for Aspies
- Workers who are "on the spectrum" require a slightly different management style than "neuro-typicals".
People Skills for Aspies in the Workplace
- Reminders about workplace people skills.
Post-Hire Query for your Manager or Lead
- When you start working for a new company, have questions ready for your manager or lead. You may think they should have clear procedures and instructions in place for handling basic work situations, but they may not. They may be expecting you to "pick it up along the way" from observing others. If you know that is your weak skill set, make it easier on them by asking questions.
The "Take Ownership" Style of Work
- The "Take Ownership" style of work, also called "self-management" goes one step further than simply "doing the task", but that additional communication and responsiblity goes a long way in fostering good coworker relations.