Problem Statement: Managers of business companies lack knowledge and understanding on how individuals with ASD can be productive employees with proper training for an appropriate work positions. Purpose Statement: to conduct a qualitative, exploratory case study on how managers are able to effectively support employed individuals with ASD achieve acceptable productivity in their companies. Method & Design: Qualitative Exploratory Case Study Design using Thematic Analysis method. Conceptual Framework: Herzberg’s Two Factors Theory - factors in deciding employees working attitudes and level of performance: Motivation Factors; Hygiene Factors. Data Collection: used Individual Interviews / Questionnaire. Participants: Business managers responsible for employed individuals with ASD’s productivity. Informed Consent Forms: signed by participants. Questionnaire: sent to participants prior to interview. Data Analysis: used Thematic Data Analysis process. Outcomes: Theme 1: Expected level of Productivity sets baseline of productivity of employees, affects accommodations given to employees. Theme 2: Accommodations are sometimes necessary, establishes barriers preventing productivity expectations. Theme 3: Barriers deter productivity of employees, avoidable with prior Training and Support. Theme 4: Training and Support prior to employment: develop / hone skills, talents and qualities of the individuals with ASD seeking employment. Theme 5: Qualities of employees with ASD contribute to expected productivity, be desirable and beneficial to hire by businesses. Theme 6: Hiring employees with ASD benefit the business because of the unique qualities, skills and talents for higher quality of work performance. Implication: There are numerous benefits to hiring people with disabilities, companies could establish and adopt strategic plans to support a productive successful long term employment of individuals with ASD.
|Commitee:||Anderson-Engler, Annette, Munday, Donald|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Autism, Autism transition, Benefits of employing individuals with autism, Employing individuals with disabilities, Employment for individuals with autism, Employment training & support of individuals with autism|
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