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I’d love to get comments from other professionals with Asperger’s or autism about how you’d like to interact with neurotypical coworkers, bosses or employees.Please send me an email, list a trackback, or post a comment.Without them, we can start to question if there’s something wrong, if we’re missing something, or if the boss is unhappy with our performance. Neurotypicals expect eye contact, and it’s very subtly choreographed.Without that typical interaction, we can feel ignored, misunderstood, or disrespected.That said, there are typical characteristics of individuals with Asperger’s.

So, whether or not your boss has a formal Asperger’s diagnosis, or even if you’re just guessing about it, pay attention to the individual, and try to adapt your work to what your boss specifically wants.

A reader of this blog recently questioned, “How do I work successfully for a boss who has Asperger’s?

” Of course, people with Asperger’s have always worked, frequently in positions of authority and power.

Joel Smith works as an IT supervisor for a government agency and he’s been diagnosed as being on the Asperger's/autism spectrum.

I posed the question to him about how best to work for a boss with Asperger’s, and got this response:“I work best when people working for me will tell me in black and white terms what they need to do their job - I'll miss subtle hints, I'd prefer someone to just come out and say what they are looking for.

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