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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 10 months ago

Does anyone have any tips on how to stay patient with a coworker who has autism?

Sometimes he will ask questions continually and stay fixated on something. The problem is not responding to him causes him to continue with his own assumption of x, y, and z. Answering him causes he and I to go on and on and eventually get in trouble for talking too much and not working.. I've tried to be nice, and say , "I'll be back.." and then go work, but I have to end up bringing dishes back to him or going to the back, where he starts talking again (often about the same thing). Another problem for me is I'm pretty shy, so not only is it the constant fixation on one thing and not letting it go but also the constant socialization, when I just want to be left alone for a bit...I get it that he cannot help it, but I'm at my wits end. I'm afraid he (and worse-- other coworkers and the managers) can tell I'm upset in my tone with how I respond or by giving short replies.. Is it rude to not respond when he knows we're supposed to be working ? Is it rude to say, "Hey, let's talk about this later and get back to work?" Advice would be appreciated!


I'm shy, but that doesn't mean I don't ever talk. I like to talk, just not a lot and not about the same thing I just talked about 15 minutes ago. I don't think anyone likes that. The problem about "shutting up" is I have tried that, and he tries to answer for me, which is infuriating because... you know... I'm my own person.

Thank you, though for the actual advice.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Answer him once, and then tune him out. No matter what he says or does, ignore him. Beings as you're so shy & introverted, that shouldn't be so hard. But if & when his constant chatter finally gets on your last nerve, go ahead and snap his head off. Either that, or quit your job.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    just tell him you need to get back to work

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  • 10 months ago

    Keeping your composture. Landing a straight face. Forgive.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    The autism troll again, I'd give it up it's getting old...

    • ThatGirl10 months agoReport

      Nope, this is a real question, by a real person about another real person who happens to have autism. If you're not gonna answer with a helpful answer then beat it.

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