A woman hired an autistic man to load boxes. Her husband (co-owner of their business) would criticize this man for not paying attention, not being fast enough, etc. My friend observed that when her husband did that, the autistic man’s performance worsened, instead of improving.
She found it was most effective to make a daily list for him with a time frame for each task, and he usually met or exceeded the goals if presented in that way. She did find that if she had to change the goal unexpectedly that this threw his whole day out of whack, so she would come up with alternate tasks in that event. For example, if a truck arrived with a load of goods unexpectedly, she would send him to a quiet area in the back of the warehouse to count the number of boxes, pallets, they had in inventory.
Would you hire someone who’s Autistic?