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People with Asperger syndrome brilliant but socially awkward
By Sylvia Hughes
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/23/2001

A description of the perfect employee might sound something like this: always punctual, totally reliable, highly motivated, detail oriented, healthy, mature, driven to succeed, able to learn quickly and won’t leave six months after training. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Finding a motivated employee today is — to say the least — not easy. And particularly finding one who’ll stay longer than six months. For an employer it’s discouraging to hire and train someone who looks like a great fit only to have her quit after having invested time, energy and a certain amount of trust to get her on her feet.

The “perfect employee” would seem to be a kind of myth. After all, nobody’s perfect. And people have lives of their own. And we know how time-consuming office gossip and politics can be.