Working from home presents challenges that can be overcome with structure and scheduling. NEXT for AUTISM, using evidence-based practice, suggests the following tips for all employees, especially those with autism.
Establish a Routine
- Start and stop at the same time every day
- Dress according to your company’s dress code
- Set up a regular work area with enough desk space and good lighting such as daylight
- Make sure that your computer and internet are in working order; download chat and video apps and test them regularly
- Let your team/manager know what mode of communication works best with you- Email, Phone call, Text message or Direct message
- Take regular, timed breaks to stretch and snack
- Limit checking the news and your social media to only break times
- Add 30 min of exercise or mediation to your morning routine and evening routine
Work on Job Tasks
- Create a visual daily schedule that you refer to throughout your day
- Check in with your supervisor – Join or set up weekly team meetings
- Put work tasks into your schedule or calendar with reminders. If there are no deadlines, then make a deadline for yourself to keep structured.
- Make sure all projects and deliverables are being completed on schedule. If you encounter a barrier let your supervisor know right away.
Stay Connected – It’s Important
- Check in with coworkers/managers at least weekly for work or just to say hello
- Ask how they are doing professionally and personally
- Ask if they need help with anything
Try Professional Learning
- Online library resources
- Online free resources
- Research online
- Treat learning as a task. Take notes from what you learned, share them with your team
Keep Your Normal Work Schedule
- Maintain the same routine that you had at work. When you return to the office, you will be all set to go back to work.
Take Time to Reflect
- At the end of the day, journal and reflect on your thoughts and feelings.
Get Exercise, Eat Well, and Stay Healthy!