I love the eight virtues of autism

2022-07-30 0 By

Recently, an MBA student asked me a question, “Why do most companies refuse to recruit people with autism?”That’s obviously for the companies to answer, but we can’t just say, “You ask the companies!”It’s a way of asking, “How do you create jobs for people with autism?”Harry Specters was founded out of a “love of chocolate” and a “passion for creating jobs for people with autism.”Job creation is natural because we have a son with autism.And that’s what drives us to look at people with autism a little bit differently.And because of that, miracles happen!The miracle has opened up a whole new field, and people with autism have special skills that haven’t been developed and nurtured in normal people.I’m proud that our biggest success over the past two years has been creating a warm working environment for young people with autism.We have more than 40 employees, young autistic children with their unique skills, return our good work ideas and opinions, we are not experts in the field of autism, we are only looking for those who can do something more profound research experts, let these experts can tell other companies people with autism can also be a very good job.So, what unique skills and traits do people with autism have that make us love them so much?What makes them great employees?1. Take chocolate as an example. They are naturally sensitive to the quality control of chocolate.Follow instructions Our factory is very strict about hygiene, and sometimes we only have to explain the rules once or twice before they take them to heart and stick to them.For example, uniforms, hairnets and gloves, and, of course, washing your hands before starting each new job in the packing section.3. Absolute sincerity is more interesting than either of the above.They always tell the truth about what they see, diplomacy is not their strong suit, and they are never affectation.If they feel like they don’t want to talk, they’ll just tell you.I remember a young employee who tasted one of our fruit-flavored chocolates and said it was the worst thing he had ever tasted!His assistant later told us that he didn’t like fruit.This is really impressive and surprising, because most people are not so outspoken about their true feelings.We are aware of social norms and etiquette norms, whether or not to give something back to honest people.This extends to saying “NO” when they don’t want to do any work.They know why they say “NO” and don’t worry about how it will affect their future with the company.4. Most love social interaction Although they struggle to adapt to social survival skills, most of my employees with autism love social interaction.However, like most of them, they retreat to their safety zone if they get frustrated in their interactions.Unfortunately, nine times out of ten, this happens because we don’t understand their way of communicating, even though it’s only marginally different from our own.They do things more mindlessly, straightforwardly, and sometimes even make you feel like they’re not in the mood.But what’s wrong with that?Do we view their behavior as unacceptable or weird because some of their behaviors don’t conform to what we call “social norms”?Personally, we just let them be themselves — feel free to change the subject, even if there’s no connection (at least as far as we’re concerned)!Sometimes we have to step in and tell them they have to stop talking and start working.But at other times, we encourage them to talk and touch more, to make them feel comfortable in a place other than their home.In fact, taking feedback from some of the young people we work with is about communicating with as many people as possible.Like us, people with autism can be introverted, extroverted or somewhere in between.In general, they love to communicate to show their enthusiasm and their interest, and they love to ask questions.As a result, they perform well in a working team.5. Be Able to Work Under Pressure When we started Harry Specters, one of our biggest concerns was that our employees would have to work overtime during peak hours.This can make them feel stressed and affect the quality of their work.I know my fears are unfounded and have no precedent, but put yourself in your shoes and see if we can get the job done under pressure.Two years later, my employees have not let me down, and the company is running smoothly.On the contrary, we found that not only do they withstand stress, but they remain calm even under extreme pressure.This really shocked us!There are some anecdotes here.To start the business, I hired an amateur photographer, a young girl with autism, to take photos of our products and advertise them on the website.Because of the budget, we rented a studio and only rented it for a few hours for photography.This was the first time I had assigned a job to someone with autism, and I was nervous even before the job started.It was a crucial test of whether my idea of putting autistic people to work would work in the real world.I was nervous, but my cameraman was calm.I was getting more and more nervous, and this little photographer noticed my nervousness, and she turned to me and said, “Please don’t be nervous, just relax, I’m going to get this done.” And she did.Her first job was well done.She was so satisfied with the job that she switched to photography.The second story is that in February, we received a large order from Germany to complete 132,000 truffles in a month, or 4,400 truffles a day (weekends included).We can only make 1,500 truffles a day!I had no choice but to put my faith in the autistic workers. I was worried about their ability to increase their daily output at short notice, and I beat myself up for putting pressure on them to work in a negative mood.I hired some non-autistic people as temporary workers.As time went by, I noticed that the autistic workers felt the least pressure among us. They accelerated their work schedule to meet production targets, coming in early, working overtime, leaving laughing and laughing, and finally meeting their targets.With the great help of our autistic staff, we completed this impossible order!What have I learned from this incident?That is, do not take such orders again!A month later, an employee even asked me when I could receive the order from Germany again!The employees all said they loved the work and would do it again.Loyal Employees Employees are loyal in three dimensions: performance, attendance, and organization and discipline.This is very important for the employer.Loyal employees are highly valued because, first of all, there is good competition.Second, organization benefits employers.I’m very lucky that none of our staff has a problem with that.In busy time, our employees are willing to work overtime on weekends, not for overtime pay, but for the fulfillment of their own work.They know our work would stagnate without them, and it’s their accountability that makes them loyal employees.They seldom miss work unless absolutely necessary.They are punctual and conscientious in their work.If they don’t want to work overtime, they’ll give you plenty of time to adjust.On and off, five employees came to work, saying they were willing to stay forever.7, a different perspective, as you know, our roses & cardamom chocolate too samsung reward in 2014, many people gave us feedback sheet, in all of the feedback, have a different, is a 17 year old employees of the company, after eating the chocolate, I asked how he felt, he said “tastes very romantic!”No one has ever said that before.Focus on feeling rather than parsing the flavors of the ingredients.This mixed response also expands the chocolate’s prospects.When assembling flat-packed boxes, my employees assemble them in a completely different way, eliminating steps to make the process faster and more efficient.They often come up with something different and better.People with autism are very creative.Creativity in the arts has long been well known.Tim Sharp is a world-renowned artist whose works can be found in museums around the world.There are a lot of autistic artists out there. However, we work with chocolate, and we find that they are also creative in that regard.One employee works on creating new flavors of chocolate by mixing together all the ingredients he’s recently seen and eaten.There was also a young girl who was very creative in packaging chocolate.This creativity can also be seen in the decorative moulds.When most of us plan our tasks, we stick to them.But my employees are very relaxed and spontaneous in their planning tasks.Then, they do need to follow the rules.The key is to give good instructions.From making chocolate to packaging it, there are hundreds of things that need to be done, some of them in order and all at once, and if you do it right, you can be a great worker.People with autism are very spontaneous.That’s what we found out recently.We always think that if we disrupt their routine, they will become anxious and unable to adapt.I trained my children from an early age to adapt to change.I do this because I’ve read a lot of literature about people with autism being locked into their schedules.So when I worked with people with autism, we thought they were rigid, and over time, we learned that they can be very spontaneous.Sometimes, faced with a deadline, we change what we’re doing.This includes changing workflow and even changing the layout of the studio.We found they all took it in their stride.For example, if we don’t need to assemble cartons any more, I tell them to stop and start packing chocolates, and they do a great job of switching jobs.I often hear many of my friends say that they didn’t get any work done today, or did very little work.I have to admit, I’m one of them!Most people work to kill time.But autistic workers are different. They never shirk their job responsibilities.They do what they have to do, they don’t have to do anything, they don’t want some people to pretend to work.The key is their sincerity.In my experience for people with autism, money is not very important.Being rich would be nice, but it’s not the most important thing.The satisfaction of having done a job is more important.Working overtime on weekends, they never thought about getting a raise.They were pleasantly surprised every time they were given extra money.They are also excellent inspectors.Some of them are born that way. For the past two years, I’ve been worried about what would happen if I got sick in the middle of a big business deal or a big deal. I didn’t want anyone else to take my place.I never dreamed of writing such a long article.I started out with five things that were special, and it just kept getting worse and worse.I’m sure there’s more to them than that.We will continue to recruit individuals with autism as working partners.In order for people with autism to take advantage of these advantages, a comfortable work environment is essential, enabling them to feel at home, to be themselves, and to feel valued.If only there were more organizations that gave them more opportunities to work on this platform, they would make you feel better.We are grateful that we have such excellent staff who are thoughtful, independent and social.Photo source: Autism Daily Newscast Responsible editor: Mi Jianxing