A very good friend once told me of a visit he had made to a residential home for young adults all of whom had an autistic spectrum disorder. He had been called there in his capacity as ‘Big Chief’ because one of the young men was making constant complaints and try as the staff might they could not sort out the problems. If it was not one thing it was another, he just always seemed to complain.

 

My friend arrived with time to listen, and  sat to do just that, as a litergy of wrong doings and mishaps created by the staff were reeled off by the young man. But it was not the list that made my friend retell the tale, he had not started to recount events to express the wrong doing of the staff or the poor managment. No the tale had been shared because of the last sentence that the young man had expressed.

 

‘You know what the real problem is with this place, don’t you. The staff think this is the place they work but it is not. It is my home’.

 

As is often the case it took someone with autism to find the clarity in the situation, and the comment has stayed with me over many years. I share it with you now because I want you to take a good look at the place where you work (assuming you work with people) and think about how you treat it. Do you show respect as you would when entering someones home ? Or do you leave coffee cups lieing around ; throw a sweet wrapper at the bin, miss and let it fall and stay there, not bother about whether you tidy the cushions, wipe down the kitchen side or put away your things ? Do you treat you work space as you would like others to treat your home ? For those of you working with people with disablitities within the care system this is not just a matter of good office manners but showing you respect and care about the person. If you don’t feel that respect then maybe you are in the wrong job. However even in an office of able bodied peers this type of curtesy costs nothing and shows much ; it says loud and clear to everyone I am proud of my work place and I respect it and want to help it develop.

 

So just think – whose home are you in ?

 

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