Rarely do I meet someone with as much energy as me! Angela is a ball of enthusiasm and passion, she feel deeply, cares deeply and brings her whole self to her work. When we did the assessment I was bowled over by her capacity and saddened by how little she valued her own ability. My intention with a positive assessment is to spark a flame of hope, to provide a ‘reframe’ on ability.
But the work doesn’t end there. It’s very hard to maintain momentum on one pivotal assessment when you’re whole life has been peppered with barrier after barrier. I think that Angela has a very rewarding career in front of her in social, helping professions. I tried to talk her into a Psych degree – I would hire her in an instant! Her episode was really thought provoking – how do you go from the client to the helper in such a short space of time? Yet there she is nailing it because she instinctively builds rapport and seeks authentic connection.
When a neurodiverse employee starts their job, it’s really important to remember that they might have ‘post traumatic unemployment’ hang ups. You might find at first that extra reassurance is required, space and time to reflect and give positive feedback. Don’t judge them on their anxiety and self-consciousness – let the anxiety settle and then reap the rewards of loyalty that come from being the one who gave them their chance.
People with disabilities world wide have lower rates of turnover and absence. We appreciate being in an organization that takes us for who we are and facilitates us to reach our potential. We won’t throw that away lightly.
Thank you for sharing Angela, I hope that the world takes a step closer to systemic inclusion through watching your story.