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ADHD In The Workplace

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This was for ADHD Awareness week 2012. For people who have struggled at work as a result of ADHD.

ADHD In The Workplace

  1. 1. Kirsten W Milliken, Ph.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist and ADHD Coach ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  2. 2. ADHD adults bring manypositive attributes to theworkplace.They can be highly intelligent,creative, and outside-the-box thinkers.They may also have high energy levels, be verypersistent, and take risks. 2 ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  3. 3. ADHD is a real, brain-based,medical disorderCharacterized by problems with: • Attention • Distractibility • Impulsivity • Overactivity―ADHD is more than a disorder of attention, but ofthe brain’s executive system that grants us ourpowers of self-regulation, over time, toward goals.‖ ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  4. 4. Neurobiology of ADHDhttp://www.adhd.org.nz/neuro1.htmlRisk factors (genetics, head injury, etc)ADHD is NOT caused by diet, hormones,poor parenting, trauma, TV, or vestibulardysfunction. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
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  6. 6. They are good starters,but bad finishers –• Trouble sitting and reading.• Tendency to blurt things• Regretful spontaneous purchases, large or small.• Thrill-seeking behavior.• Intense dislike of social situations and ―small talk.‖ ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  7. 7. • Difficulty achieving their potential at work, despite great mental effort• Great difficulty with the overly loose structure• Poor time management• Prone to strong emotional reactions• Low self-esteem• Inconsistent performance ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  8. 8. ADHD adults are: 2/3rds more likely to have been fired from jobs ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  9. 9. ADHD adults are: 3 times more likely to have impulsively quit jobs ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  10. 10. ADHD adults are: 1/3rd more likely to have chronic employment difficulties ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  11. 11. ADHD adults are: 50% more likely to have changed jobs in a given period ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  12. 12. ADHD adults are: Under earning by $11,000 for high school grads and $4,000 for college grads ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
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  14. 14. Craig VenterADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  15. 15. Steve JobsADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  16. 16. Richard BransonADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  17. 17. John ChambersADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  18. 18. Ingvar KampradADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  19. 19. David NeelemanADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  20. 20. Paul OrfaleaADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  21. 21. Charles SchwabADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  22. 22. Research suggests that the most effectiveway to optimize your functioning is withCBT and medication Coaching Diet Exercise Sleep ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  23. 23.  Short attention span Distractibility Hyperfocusing Hyperactivity Memory Problems Time Management Over-commitment and procrastination ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  24. 24.  Difficulty maintaining concentration Often distracted Difficulty tolerating a set routine & constantly seek new stimulations. Bored easily ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  25. 25.  A change in schedule A break in the routine or A job where you, as an employee, can do something more stimulating ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  26. 26.  An ADHD person’s hypersensitivity to the environment Difficulty staying on task ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  27. 27.  Have quiet workspaces by: › Closing your office doors › Moving your offices to low-traffic areas.21 › Moving your inboxes outside of your office › Asking all employees to wear headsets when on the phone ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  28. 28.  ADDers get so focused on a task that they become oblivious to everything else ADHD adults will miss meetings, lunch, or other appointments without realizing it until it is too late. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  29. 29.  Break tasks into manageable chunks Set an alarm to ring at predetermined times to rouse yourself from the hyper-focused state ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  30. 30.  ADHD adults feel trapped, especially if their job is sedentary ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  31. 31.  Any activity that gets you moving during the day will be of benefit Take several short breaks throughout the workday. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  32. 32.  ADDers can have very inconsistent memory — remembering some things word-for-word, and forgetting others in moments. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  33. 33.  Follow up all oral conversations with email so you have a written record Explore memorization techniques and practices, such as carrying a day planner Write everything down Take notes in meetings Visual cues are so important for both children & adults with ADD ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  34. 34.  For ADHD adults time management can be a devastating hazard. ADHD employees have difficulty organizing their time, projects and long- term goals Always seem to be running late. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  35. 35.  Sustained attempts to arrive early (as opposed to on time) and remain focused in the face of intermediate distractions will help the ADHD adult arrive on time. Use a timer during tasks to become more aware of time passing. Limit the Length of Phone conversations ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  36. 36.  Adults will not think about what else is going on when they are asked to take on a new project. Putting things off to the last minute is also common among ADHD adults ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  37. 37.  Work with someone else present (body double) Have your employer or work partner ask for progress reports on current projects. Keep a visual calendar or project board to show what you are working on and when each task is due. Use the GTD type programs (get things done) ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  38. 38.  Dont let perfectionism thwart your ability to get things done. Ask yourself how you can make it quick and simple. Try bulleting items in memos and calling instead of e-mailing. ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  39. 39.  Get it in writing Get a good seat Ask for a review Avoid fatigue Move! Choose your leader carefully ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  40. 40.  Sleep Nutrition Fun Finding the Perfect Job for You Creating the Perfect Job for You ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  41. 41.  The Pause ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012
  42. 42.  Visit www.ahdexecutivecoach.com/services/ resources Books Websites Videos (aka movies) Apps Find a Coach ADHD Executive Coaching - Copyright 2012

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