Your designated Employment Consultant will provide you with ongoing support and guidance in the workplace so that you can develop skills and strategies to enable you to work as effectively as possible. The typical areas we cover include:
- Understanding the expectations of your role
- Communication skills: communicating with staff, managing different methods of communication, assertiveness, and social communication
- Building and maintaining professional relationships
- Managing and reducing stress and anxiety
- Organisation, prioritisation & time management skills
- Meetings skills and strategies
- Forming an understanding of Reasonable Adjustments and making the workplace more accessible
- Mediating between you and your employer
Workplace support is very flexible, and is often a short to medium-term measure. The frequency of support can often be decreased as your managers and colleagues become familiar with any adjustments which have been agreed for you, and as you become more familiar with and confident in your role.
Workplace Support is often funded by an Access to Work grant. Click here to find out more.
To find out more about how AS Mentoring can support you or a colleague in the workplace, please use the link below to contact us.
"A couple of years ago, I was facing challenges both in my personal and work life. This, left me feeling lost and trapped which impacted my ability to function on a day–to–day basis. I felt there was limited awareness by management around how the challenges were impacting me. Due to the sensitivity of the situation, two professionals in the Autism field recommended that I reached out to David as he has a reputation for resolving workplace matters in a very positive manner. I cannot agree more with the recommendation.
My place of employment at the time approached David and the situation was resolved within a very short space of time. It was commented by my former place of work that ‘David had the education about autism which none of the staff members had’. Because of this, I felt my life started to go back on track. Since AS Mentoring resolved the situation, I have moved jobs and still have ASM providing workplace support. They are a great organisation who really care about the people they support. I know that if there was ever a situation where I felt uncomfortable and not listened to by management, I have ASM to fall back on.
My advice to anyone who has an Autism diagnosis who is facing challenges in the workplace is to contact them. AS Mentoring will support you and your colleagues/line managers in resolving the challenges which will result in a significant improvement to your wellbeing and business performance of the department"
-Anonymous (female working in the city)
"David started providing me with in work support a year ago, at a very difficult time in my life when I was experiencing workplace bullying and disability discrimination due to disclosing I had Asperger's Syndrome. The stressful situation I found myself in was having a hugely detrimental effect on my physical and mental health and there was a real possibility I could lose my job as a result.
David is an exceptionally talented advocate and he has continued to work closely with management to educate and inform and agree certain reasonable adjustments which has previously been refused due to lack of understanding of my disability. The implementation of these reasonable adjustments has made a positive difference to my ability to function effectively at work.
There is no doubt that without David's support over the last year and his on-going support, I would not have been able to maintain myself in work. I am now thriving in my job and receiving positive feedback from my line manager on a consistent basis."