December 12, 2017

Jonathan's Landscape

Jonathan Stewart is an Epic Health Services employee who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Jonathan uses art as a means of expression and therapy. Jonathan hopes that his contributions will encourage patients to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams – just like he is doing every day!

In every walk of life we often come across a circumstance where working with others is an important part of the situation. Jonathan is here to discuss his experiences when working with others and everything he has been through and give his advice on tackling this obstacle.

Holidays at the Office

Discussing your Christmas plans in the office is something everyone does, and it is perfectly appropriate to do so. Talking about your plans for Christmas is an opportunity to let coworkers know your schedule over the holidays and to share friendly conversations with them.  However, it is best to discuss your Christmas plans when you are taking a break, and to remember to keep the discussion short. Like all conversations at work, if it is not work-related, it should not be allowed to interfere with the actual job. The reason why is simply because non-work-related topics should, in general, be discussed at home and not at work.

Being a good listener is also important because it not only shows your coworkers that you are paying attention to what they are saying, it allows you to share in the excitement of everyone’s holiday plans. Also, while sharing your own holiday plans is exciting, listening to coworkers describe their own plans shows respect for others and allows for a true, enjoyable conversation.

It is important to note that when we talk about our holiday plans, it is not the same as talking about religion. We must be careful when talking about religion because some people find the topic offensive. This could be for any number of reasons, even if no offense was meant. Also, talking about religion as a way to convince a coworker to change religions is usually not allowed in a work environment. However, there is nothing wrong with talking about plans for a religious holiday. As an example, asking a coworker what religion they follow is questionable behavior, and sharing Bible verses with a coworker unasked is generally a bad idea. However, telling your coworker about your family’s travel plans during Christmas vacation is a very acceptable topic of conversation. And such conversations can be a very enjoyable part of a splendid holiday season.