Effective feedback communication

Providing feedback to all employees is a crucial part of managing a team effectively. It helps in building a relationship between managers and employees, identifying areas of improvement, promoting growth and learning, as well as providing recognition.

With differences in processing information speeds, interpreting social cues, and more, communication is different for autistic colleagues. This needs to be recognised when giving feedback to ensure that it is a positive experience, and one that focuses on growth, development, and support. This blog considers how feedback can be communicated effectively and what considerations are important when collaborating with autistic employees.

Ask for preferred communication methods

This is a conversation well worth having, as different people have varying forms of communicative preferences. This could be face-to-face conversations, online conversations, or as a written email – or a combination of methods; for instance, a face-to-face meeting followed up with a bullet-pointed email of key points. Bear in mind that within these various forms, different styles exist, as well as the fact that it can vary based on the context or circumstance.

It doesn’t have to be perfect every time, but as best as you can, it’s useful to find out how to help your autistic employees feel comfortable and well supported at the outset, and to ensure that your feedback is most effectively received.