For the last two weeks, our owner's son has been coming to our office daily to "work". However, he can't work. There's no work that can be assigned to him, and he is constantly distracting us by demanding more work (which he actually can't do).
He is 23. He is handicapped. He uses a wheelchair and can move the upper part of his body, although not too precise. Not to belittle him, but in my opinion, he lacks general knowledge and I believe he has a form of autism (I don't know what), indicated by how he lacks consideration in interacting with people. He has never worked before.
He invited himself to work in our office because of Alice, my female coworker.
Although the situation sometimes a bit awkward because of his inconsiderate comments (not only to Alice), he is generally a nice person. However, he is distracting us by asking for work. For now, we have asked him to compile a report from invoices, which he has done very slowly. The report has already been done by Alice, and the task is given to him merely to satisfy his demand.
We have two problems if we give him (a part of) our work:
- He cannot be held responsible if he makes mistakes.
- He will slow us down, and we are already understaffed (so we can't spare a person to coach him).
The owner already knows of this, but I don't think they have realized the impact on us. I'm looking for a way to get through this without asking his parents (the owner), mainly because:
- The son is actually a nice person.
- He does not have a lot of friends. He is usually holed up in his house.
My goal: To stop, or minimize the distraction, while maintaining our friendship with him.
I'm not sure how to approach him. We've tried "You're distracting our work", "You better stay at cafe" (we are a cafe) in a joking manner, but it does not work.
I'm not sure what to do. Should I approach him? Or should I approach his parents?
*Update:** Examples on how his disability disrupt our work.
He works slowly. He picked up bills stacked on his table in 5 seconds, stared on it for 20 seconds, stared on the keyboard to find the keys needed to input the data, then proceed to input the data. This consumes at least 2 minutes to complete one data entry.
He occasionally drops bills, papers, or phone. We then need to pick them up for him. If we delay helping him because we're busy, I guess he will start to rant to himself that we should help him first so he can work.
Note that I'm not against him working with us, but for now we simply cannot find any "real" work for him. We'd prefer someone else assign him some tasks suitable for him.