Ten years ago, Thomas D’Eri and his family knew they needed to do something to help his brother Andrew, who’s on the autism spectrum, lead the full adult life they knew he was capable of. As a result, D’Eri opened Rising Tide Car Wash with his father; the family now has a chain of three car washes employing more than 90 people with autism. Today, D’Eri talks with Brilliant Thoughts host Tristan Ahumada about designing an organization around people with autism and their talents.
Rising Tide Car Wash uses a structured hiring process with job auditions and training programs in order to eliminate bias. There is consistent training and feedback in the work environment and the business is intentional about building strong systems to grow rapidly. D’Eri talks about having both organizational and individual-level purposes, which can include answering questions like:
“‘Do I have control over my day? Do I feel like I’m growing? Do I feel like I have relationships that matter at work?’ Those are the things that really drive our purpose and experience on a daily basis,” D’Eri says.
He also explains how people with autism have different social skills than neurotypical people, and how almost any organization would benefit from hiring people with autism. His lessons for hiring, training and developing staff can be used by all types of companies.
Thomas D’Eri is the author of The Power of Potential: How a Nontraditional Workforce Can Lead You to Run Your Business Better. Follow Rising Tide Car Wash on Facebook and Instagram.
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