The working environment in which a manager with Asperger Syndrome (AS) will operate will impact enormously on their performance. Perhaps more than anything else, ensuring that the right working environment is identified and established is the most important success factor for a professional manager with AS.

What constitutes the working Environment is, however, broad and encompasses a wide range of factors. All are inter-related and exert influence both holistically and individually.

Identifying, and getting the mix of these elements right, should be a key objective of a manager with AS. If the culture and the conditions match a specific personality and modus operanti, then outputs and outcomes are likely to be high correspondingly.

This section will look at the key components which constitute the issues relevant in relation to the working environment. Subsequent sections will then explore these elements and impact in greater detail.

Undertaking evaluation of the work context is essential when considering the offer of any new management position. However, it is also necessary in an existing situation on an ongoing basis.

A work environment which initially may contain all the desired elements from an AS perspective, may not do so in the future. This is due to changing circumstances – something which is inevitable in today’s rapidly changing business culture.

There will be an ongoing need, therefore, to change things positively as and when required to maintain the correct working conditions.

The following are some of the key factors which will influence evaluation of the work environment from the perspective of a manager with AS:

• Culture;
• Values;
• Atmosphere;
• Managing Superior;
• Corporate Politics;
• Work Colleagues;
• Work Context.

Addressing each of these facets can bring about real benefits and a working environment in which a manager with AS can really excel.

Managing with Asperger Syndrome