How to Work Around ADHD at the Workplace

According to an estimate, about 2.8 percent of adults have ADHD. Many other people in similar situations also struggle on the job. Many of these adults cannot have or hold a full-time job, and when they get a job, they usually get paid less than their peers. Here we have mentioned some useful tips on how to work around ADHD at the workplace. These tips are useful for people with ADHD, and some are useful for people who have colleagues with ADHD.

How ADHD Affects Your Job?

How much ADHD affects your job depends on how severe your condition is. Some people with ADHD have trouble staying focused on the assigned tasks, while others cannot complete a workday without having a huge blow-up with their boss or co-workers. Severely affected individuals might also lose their jobs.

Tips to Work Around ADHD at the Workplace

You can succeed at work despite ADHD by tailoring your workplace environment and ensuring that you take advantage of your strong points (like your people skills or creative thinking) while minimizing the harmful impact of your weaknesses. Here are some essential tips

Ø  Ensure you work in a quiet space that has minimal distractions.

Ø  Work alongside a colleague or manager who is well organized and can help you stay focused and complete the projects on time.

Ø  Take notes at meetings or during phone conversations so that you can remember what you heard.

Ø  Make sure you set realistic goals for yourself at work so that you don't feel overwhelmed.

Ø  Set a specific time for interruptions like replying to voicemail or emails.

Ø  Learn to delegate the task. You cannot do it all by yourself.

Ø  Take scheduled breaks in a day so that you can relax and come back with a fresh mind.

Ø  Try deep breaths and other meditative exercises if you feel things are getting out of control.

Ø  Reward yourself when you complete a project successfully.

Tips to Work with a Colleague with ADHD

§  If one or more of your colleagues have ADHD, you need to follow these steps to make things easier.

§  Try not to interrupt the person with ADHD as it might break their concentration.

§  People who are neurodivergent often have valid struggles like spacing out, fidgeting, showing up late, etc. Try not to take them personally.

§  Celebrate every success of a person with ADHD to keep them motivated.

§  Keep your expectations clear from day one so that they know what is expected of them.

§  Keep the communication concise so that they can understand what they need to do and how.

§  If you need to replace the tools or systems of a person with ADHD, you need to ask them or get their permission first.

§  To make the workplace enjoyable for a person with ADHD, simply ask them what they need. People with ADHD are very clear about what they need and can tell you what exactly you can do for them.



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