About the Interviews
I'm interviewing autistic adults about their experiences at work. Specifically, I'm focusing on the ways in which employees with autism build confidence in communication situations.
The goal of the interviews is to learn about and share the experiences of autistic employees with others. I'll share the results in articles and research reports. I'm happy to share the results with you as well.
The interviews will be conducted online (Zoom). I'll record the interviews with your permission but keep all information confidential. I'll create transcripts from the interviews and remove all identifiable information (such as your name if you participate). I will destroy the recordings. I would always respect your privacy.
If you participate in the interviews, you'll receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a small token of appreciation for your time and energy.
You can email me directly to arrange a time (Peter Cardon: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
The interviews will take about 30 to 45 minutes. We'll talk about questions such as the following:
- Could you tell me about your colleagues right now? How many do you work with closely? In what ways do you work with them?
- What has it been like to work with your bosses or supervisors in the past? What have your relationships been like with your bosses?
- Which types of meetings and conversations do you participate in the most? Perhaps you could talk about small and large face-to-face meetings as well as online meetings.
- What types of situations do you feel most confident or comfortable communicating in at work? Why?
- What types of situations do you feel least confident or comfortable communicating in at work? Why?
- Thinking about your colleagues, including your bosses or supervisors, how well do they communicate with others?
- Do you have mentors, coaches, or others who support you at work? How effective are they at communicating with others?
- What type of direct feedback about your ability to work with others do you get from bosses or supervisors? What type of direct feedback about your ability to work with others do you get from bosses or colleagues?
- What type of direct feedback about your ability to work with others do you get from people other than your bosses or colleagues? For example, clients or customers?
- What have been some of your successes at communicating and working with others?
- What have been some of your challenges when communicating and working with others? How do you think your past experiences communicating with others have impacted your confidence?
- What types of social interactions at work are the most and least stressful? Why do you think that’s the case?
- Could you share some examples of when you get nervous or uncomfortable when communicating with colleagues or customers? How do you try to overcome that nervousness?
- If you were going to give advice to someone on the spectrum who is just starting out their career, what would you tell them about building relationships at work?
- What do you view as your main strengths and abilities at work? How often do you get to use these strengths?