How To Find Success In an Office Job as a Neurodiverse Person Employment
As a neurodiverse person, you are going to face challenges that most of your other colleagues won’t. There will be situations and spaces where you are not comfortable, and there will be times when you will feel as though you want to quit. But while it’s difficult, it is possible to have a good time working in an office.
In this article, we’re going to go through four tips designed to help you feel comfortable in your workplace. This advice was designed to cover a variety of neurodiverse traits, and is not specifically designed for a single one disorder.
Make The Space Your Own
For a neurodiverse person, comfort comes with control and familiarity with a particular space. Furthermore, it’s very possible to use a space to help yourself become more comfortable and productive. As such, it’s important that you feel comfortable in your space and are able to make it your own.
Of course, there are limits to how far you can go in terms of decorating your space – very few companies would allow you to change the carpet, for example. But if your company doesn’t require a clean desk policy, you should feel free to decorate your desk as you see fit.
Decorating your desk and claiming that space for yourself has numerous benefits when it comes to mental health, and they offer numerous coping strategies. It is because of this reason why we recommend that you change the space as much as you can in order to help yourself feel comfortable.
Make The Job Your Own
Our next piece of advice is that by understanding your own limitations, you can learn to flourish in your role. For example, if you have ADHD, it’s important to understand that you will need breaks in order to keep yourself on track. So you might want to schedule breaks throughout the day in order to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed.
Alternatively, if you feel like you’re going to forget a piece of key information, you can make a note of it. Also, it’s certainly possible to leverage your relationships with your colleagues and manager in order to help you stay organised.
Set Realistic Goals
Our next piece of advice for finding success in an office job is to set goals for what you want to achieve in any given project. These goals should be achievable, and ideally they should be all thematically related. This is because when you’ve completed your set of goals, you will be able to say that you complete a much larger project.
For example, let’s say you’re looking to organise a set of filing cabinets. Instead of looking at it as one large accomplishment to complete, you could instead think of it as a number of sub-tasks. For example, you could see it as a set of organising multiple cabinets, with each cabinet (or draw) its own achievement.
Completing a number of these smaller achievable tasks will be much easier than accomplishing a large, single task, and you will feel better about accomplishing several things as opposed to a single task.
Our final tip is to be a bit indulgent every so often. Make sure you reward yourself for a job well done, for every accomplishment you achieve, and for every good day. These achievements don’t have to be big, they don’t have to be extravagant, but they should make you feel good for having achieved something.
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