Myth: Autistic people can’t work as part of a team.
Not true. Many autistic people enjoy working as part of a team.
Often autistic people have a different communication style to many others which can lead to misunderstandings. Some autistic people can find it challenging to interpret other people’s behaviours and find it harder to read between the lines. Many autistic people are usually very honest and forthright and what they say is what they mean.
A lot of miscommunication and confusion can be easily prevented.
Set clear objectives in the team. Have team-working processes where everybody can have their turn to be listened to without the need to push hard to be heard. Communication between autistic and non-autistic people works best when people are direct and clear and don’t rely on the interpretation of facial expressions and body language.
Just like any team that works well together clear communication is key. That is true of autistic and non-autistic people at work.