Employees with Asperger syndrome and their experiences within the work environment
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this qualitative study was to gather experiences of employees with Asperger Syndrome (AS) in their workplaces. To collect the data, 6 semi-structured interviews were conducted, including 3 face-to-face, 1 by phone and 2 using Skype with audio only. A thematic analysis and data-driven approach were applied to explore the research question. The following 4 main themes with multiple subthemes in each theme were identified: (1) Competence and Work Performance; (2) Self-improvement and Career Progression; (3) Supportive Work Environment; and (4) ASD in the Workplace. Findings indicated that they are highly-competent team players and that ASD is not a barrier to successful careers. They value knowledge-sharing and factual communication but struggle with decoding workplace politics. Furthermore, interviews' style, bright lights and noise are challenging. The role of HR and managers would be to adjust the hiring process and create a supportive work environment.