Louis Scarantino

Louis Scarantino

How Working from Home Can Boost Productivity for People With Autism


Most people should already be familiar with the Coronavirus and the dangers it poses by this point in time. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people across the globe, and has pressured many employers into asking their employees to work from home to ensure their safety.

While working from home can provide some challenges such as communication problems and work quality issues for employers, it can also provide employees with autism the chance to work in an environment where they can be more productive.

 Here are some of the ways people with autism can benefit from working remotely.

1.    Ability to control their work environment

Employees with autism often find themselves at the mercy of the work environment created by their employer at the workplace. These environments are often crowded, noisy, and feature unnecessary distractions that could break their concentration.

People with autism often excel at completing complex tasks by immersing themselves in their work, so any external distractions could interrupt their workflow and reduce their productivity at the office.

When these individuals work from home, they have the freedom to tailor their environment to their liking and create a peaceful setting in which they are comfortable working.

That’s not to say people with autism can’t be distracted by things at home, they must have a routine still. But they can certainly exert more control over their work environment while working from home. The number of distractions they surround themselves with will be dependent entirely on them.

2.    Working from home means fewer face to face interactions

People with autism often experience difficulty interacting with other people at the workplace. Some of the face to face interactions they have at the workplace may be unavoidable, and can leave them feeling stressed or anxious.

Working from home eliminates these face to face co-worker interactions from the daily lives of these employees. They can therefore continue working on their duties with ease, knowing that any unexpected interactions with co-workers are unlikely to occur.

3.    Freedom to engage in other activities between work

Working from home also provides people with autism with a chance to engage in other activities during the day. These include cooking, cleaning, and exercise.

These activities can be performed in between work activities and provide employees with autism with some well needed mental rest so that they are motivated to start on their next work task.

Spending more time at home also gives such people an incentive to clean more or decorate their homes, as they are unlikely to neglect home issues when they encounter them regularly.

However, this freedom does come with some added responsibility. Employees should make sure not to neglect their work when they are engaging in other activities and keep their work goals as their top priority.

The Coronavirus pandemic has certainly shaken up things for a lot of people, but it could prove to be advantageous for the millions of people with autism who are working from home.

However, businesses in many industries have begun gradually reopening their workplaces, so the freedom of working from home may be short lived. So remember to enjoy it while it lasts!

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