How do we interact with our Focus consultant?
Be direct, honest, and respectful. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Avoid sarcasm, innuendoes, and jokes. Our consultants will take what you say literally and will not be adept at reading between the lines. They will appreciate your honesty and being treated with respect.
What might we experience with our Focus consultant?
You may find our consultant to be direct and honest, sometimes blunt. Their intent is not to offend. If they do offend, try not to take it personally.
Our consultants may not pick up on social cues. They are vulnerable to ridicule and harsh judgments. Always remain curious about why they may be responding the way they are. If you are unsure, ask them.
They may not make eye contact, or require headphones to work due to sensory overload. They are not being dishonest, evasive, or disrespectful.
Their facial expressions may not synch with the situation at hand. Quite often our consultants are unable to convey facial expressions that are in keeping with their internal responses. If unsure about their current response or state, ask them.
We have social events. Do we invite them?
Yes, but without putting them on the spot. Social events and small talk can induce anxiety but they will not want to hurt your feelings by declining an invitation. Instead of saying “Would you like to join us for lunch?” where a yes/no answer is required, say “We are going for lunch and you are welcome to join us. We will be leaving at noon and meeting in the lobby.” They may show up or not but at least they haven’t been put on the spot in having to give you an answer.
In many cases, our consultants enjoy coming to social events without the pressure of intense interactions. For example, they enjoy going out for lunch with the team but they may not say much.