ADHD in the Workplace
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Helping employees with ADHD find their role in an organisation through focused support and reasonable adjustments.
ADHD IN THE WORKPLACE
Creating conditions for growth
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often limits successful job performance by negatively impacting the basic cognitive skills used for memory retention, planning and self-regulation. This challenge to a person’s executive functions means that employees with ADHD may suffer from inattention, restlessness, unpredictability and inappropriate behaviour. Undiagnosed or untreated, ADHD in the workplace can materially affect the ability of individuals to perform the essential skills which contribute to long term workplace success. These include time management, organisation and task focus.
Despite these potential issues, ADHD at work is not something to be avoided. Employees with ADHD are often highly skilled and can prosper when conditions are right. ToHealth helps organisations design and implement ADHD in the workplace strategies to encourage job performance gains among diverse workforces. With the correct encouragement and coaching, an individual with ADHD can be a genuine asset to a business and make a leading contribution to overall business goals.
As with many types of neurodiversity, there is not a one-size-first-all solution to problems associated with ADHD at work. Rather, each person presents a unique case to be assessed and supported according to individual need. Our approach is always employee-centric with a focus on job performance, role and responsibilities. Solutions are then built to match. This perspective of ADHD in the workplace brings long-term sustainability and manageable progress.
Build a support programme and suitable work environment around the distinct requirements of an employee with ADHD.
Blend the needs of employees with the expectation of managers to create 360-degree solutions that suit everyone.
Give employees the organisational, time management and concentration skills they need to manage the effects of ADHD in the workplace.
Leverage our assistive-technology expertise to evaluate and implement technology-driven solutions to common ADHD problems.
Setting Up The Workplace
For most employees facing problems associated with neurodiversity, and especially for those who struggle with ADHD in the workplace, the physical nature of the office or workplace environment can play an important role in shaping behaviour.
Lighting and ambient noise levels are two key elements which often unconsciously affect both mood at work and the potential for optimum job performance. Bright overhead lighting can often distract an individual with ADHD rather than help. High levels of background noise can also hinder work progress and concentration levels. That’s why office design should take into account the needs of people with ADHD at work.
As with many workplace adjustments, small changes can make big differences. For example, partitioning off a small corner of an open-plan office can provide a quiet space for an employee with ADHD to work and thrive.
Provide training routes for employees with ADHD to show they can achieve and surpass the same job performance goals as their colleagues.
Ensure staff don’t feel excluded and frustrated by their workplace experience to the point of terminating their employment.
Discover Role Suitability
Put employees with ADHD in roles which reflect their strengths and offer stimulating workplace experiences and fast-moving challenges.
Commit to Diversity
Prove to all employees that supporting ADHD in the workplace is reflective of a wider, progressive goal of employee equality.