Auticon is an award-winning IT B2B consulting business. All Auticon consultants are on the autism spectrum. We pride ourselves in creating autism-friendly work environments as well as delivering outstanding quality to our clients.
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Our Clients’ Feedback
We have appointed an Auticon consultant for the quality assurance of our internal IT and editorial systems. It’s astonishing how quickly, accurately and independently this young man works. The collaboration runs smoothly and much more effortlessly than I initially imagined. More than that – we genuinely benefit from the Auticon consultant’s distinctive way of thinking.
The Auticon consultant has been supporting us with a detailed analysis of the Allianz Group’s global ICT costs for more than one year now. Approximately 20.000 data sets from a variety of different sources have been processed for 80 different points of contact. The consultant analysed the structure of the data for upcoming evaluations using SAP, SAS VA and Excel Macros competently and independently. He effortlessly integrated into our team and directly contributed towards our English-language team meetings. We could rely on him at all times to implement adaptations swiftly and conscientiously, and to take any potential lateral connections into account. His technical knowhow has firmly been implemented within our internal systems and procedures as best practice standard. The entire team has now taken on his structured approach to new tasks. His technical tips and tricks have replaced previous procedures that were labour-intensive and prone to errors. We’re very much looking forward to our continued collaboration in a follow-up project.
The Auticon employee familiarised himself extremely quickly with our structures and settled into our quality assurance framework completely independently. Releases regarding internal processes now even require authorisation by the Auticon employee. Further tasks, such as the provisioning of our products and much more, were entrusted to the employee in order to pave the way for successful future collaborations.
The collaboration with the Auticon consultants worked smoothly and successfully from day one. They had an excellent eye to detect the smallest mistakes and furthermore showed us efficient ways to resolve them. We have conducted several projects in different departments with Auticon. For me personally the experience has been a very special job enrichment!
Even though the Auticon consultants entered the project at a relatively advanced stage and were subject to increased time pressure, they quickly adapted to the assigned tasks. They were a valuable addition to the project team. Overall, we have had very good experiences with people with Asperger syndrome and perceived their work as very enriching. Bayern LB will gladly turn to Auticon staff whenever needed in the future.
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank is an open-minded enterprise where people with all sorts of different backgrounds work together. The Auticon consultant’s systematic and detail-oriented style of work perfectly enhanced the quality assurance of our SAP BW platform. His unique skills created significant additional value for us – it has taught us a lot about the particular talents of people on the autism spectrum.
Two Auticon consultants supported us in a project by analysing, developing and implementing functional system and regression tests. They familiarised themselves with the work very quickly and within the first week they were able to surpass the average number of processed test cases of 125 per day by almost 50 %. Their creative reorganisation of the testing procedure enabled the processing of more than 1000 test cases within two days. Both consultants were keen and able to take on tasks beyond testing, involving a highly dynamic change- and configuration management style. They did a particularly great job with compiling the identified issues into error clusters. We are more than satisfied with the Auticon consultants’ pace and quality of work.
The Auticon consultant supported a project of our research and development department for several months. He effortlessly integrated into the team and our corporate structures. His in-depth analysis of the topic in question has provided an excellent basis for the team to further develop the project. Likewise, the collaboration with the Auticon job coaches worked very well from day one.
We are collaborating with Auticon because our IT applications need experts with a special eye for the right detail. Autistic employees enrich the diversity that constitutes Vodafone.
Not only does the Auticon consultant deliver outstanding results within his project – with his brilliant ideas and target-oriented way of thinking he also produced a lasting rewarding effect for the entire team. He thus created tangible value for us, significantly beyond the scope of what was expected. Thanks to his swift and effortless integration into the existing project team and his meticulous eye for detail, we were able to utilise his output right from the start. We hereby wish to formally appreciate his work.
Even though employers shouldn’t expect “Rain Men”, adults on the autism spectrum tend to have unique strengths that non-autistic adults don’t have.
At Auticon, we find that autistic team members often outperform their non-autistic co-workers on the following points:
Most Auticon Consultants are astoundingly good at deducing or recognising patterns. They are able to see correlations and interdependences in large amounts of data. A skill that is incredibly useful in IT jobs, but also beneficial to many other professions.
Innovative problem solving
Autistic adults often think outside socially conditioned thought patterns. Employing people with autism opens up new perspectives for teams and shows a valuable alternative point of view.
One of the most notable strengths of adults with Asperger syndrome is the ability to think logically. This frequently goes hand in hand with being mathematically or scientifically gifted.
Concentration and perseverance
Many autistic individuals can stay focused on tasks for astonishing lengths of time. This perseverance and ability to concentrate stays consistent, even across routine or repetitive tasks.
Adults with Asperger syndrome tend to have one or more particular areas of interest and become experts, often gathering an astounding volume of factual knowledge.
Autistic individuals often prefer concentrating on the task at hand rather than emotional or social matters. Conversations will often focus around assignments or facts.
Many autistic individuals are lateral thinkers and able to cross-connect seemingly unrelated information, creating original and creative solutions for problems or challenges at hand.
Truthfulness and sincerity are distinctive autistic traits. It is however a myth that people with autism cannot lie. Most simply do not see the purpose in untruths and have a pronounced passion for fairness and facts.
Precision and bottom-up thinking style
Autistic employees show great attention to detail and tend to be perfectionists. Their differential processing style often yields invaluable additional information.
So what can employers do to make the most of those skills?
As diverse as anyone: just like any person, autistic adults are each unique in their personalities. The best starting point usually is to ask the person directly what helps them focus on their work. However, we do know from experience that the following suggestions often benefit the entire team, as they ensure efficient communication and a well-structured work environment for all members. Clear objectives are not just beneficial to employees on the autism spectrum – in many cases it will reduce the amount of redundant work and substantially increase team satisfaction.
In most cases, a few minor adjustments can ensure everything runs smoothly. Providing a work environment that is well-tailored to your employee’s needs will allow them to fully realise their potential.
Top ten tips for creating an autism-friendly work environment
A suitable office space will likely increase your colleagues’ productivity. Reducing sensory input wherever possible (e.g. providing a space that has blinds, avoiding neon lights or disruptive background noises) are all good places to start. Having a quiet space to retreat to if necessary may also help. However, some autistic workers are perfectly fine with working in open plan offices.
Agree on appointments in advance wherever possible and offer a quick outline on what topics will be discussed/whether or not the autistic colleague will be required to speak or contribute.
Most autistic persons appreciate consistency. Announce changes to the work environment or schedule in advance wherever possible.
4. Implicit social rules
Do let autistic colleagues know of any specific social rules within your corporate culture (e.g. addressing colleagues by first or last names, whether you have an open door policy, etc.). Do invite your autistic colleague to join the team for break times as no one likes to feel left out. Don’t be offended however if they prefer to spend their breaks by themselves – alone time is vital for some autistic adults in order to recuperate.
A well-structured work environment can be of great benefit. Nominate one continuous contact person – ideally someone who is physically present on a regular basis. Provide straightforward instructions, targets, expected progress and deadlines for new tasks wherever possible. Offer support with prioritising tasks. Should urgent or more important tasks arise, we advise you to inform the employee of the updated task order.
Communicate tasks as concisely as possible; avoid ambiguity, unnecessary detail or small talk when explaining new assignments. Indicate whether a response is expected or not. If in doubt, feel free to double check whether your instructions have been understood correctly.
Autistic employees appreciate reliability. Do ensure that you implement what you present. Offer information on potential changes as early as possible.
Avoid unnecessary interruptions as the autistic employee might take longer than average to regain focus on their work. Try your best to answer questions as soon as possible or let your autistic colleague know when to expect an answer. This will help maintain high levels of productivity.
Autistic professionals appreciate clear verbal feedback on their work performance, as they may find it difficult to judge from facial expressions or non-verbal cues.
Accept honest feedback: autistic employees may care about the task at hand more than social aspects and may at times be very straightforward in their criticism. In the vast majority of cases they are genuinely trying to help.