ADHD in the Workplace

Many adults with ADHD perform their jobs extremely well and find that some of their ADHD traits: high energy, problem solving, creativity, and being able to hyper-focus, are significant benefits in their chosen career.  However, for other adults with ADHD at least some of their ADHD symptoms will cause difficulties in the workplace.

If you are experiencing difficulties at work do not immediately assume that your current job is the wrong job for you.  While thought needs to be put into selecting a job tailored to your strengths rather than your weaknesses all jobs include boring mundane tasks, some of the time. Adults with ADHD may impulsively decide that a chosen career is not for them and jump to another career without reviewing all options. Sometimes finding a particular niche within a career can allow you to succeed.  Being passionate about aspects for your career can often be the key to keeping yourself engaged and working on improving your current job success.

ADHD is a very treatable disorder. A variety or both medication and non-medication treatments for those with adult ADHD now exist. Receiving a proper assessment and using multimodal treatments may be extremely helpful with: increasing focus and attention, decreasing distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity, and assisting with emotional regulation and organization. However, there is no magic cure or solution for those experiencing difficulties in the workplace. Taking time to assess your situation, implementing strategies, and asking for accommodations when appropriate may also be a part of becoming successful in your chosen career.

Documents

Working From Home with ADHD Tips and Strategies

ADHD impairments may impact how you work from home. This document provides simple tips and tricks on how to limit distractions and set boundaries so you can work from home successfully. READ MORE


Your ADHD in the Workplace

How and if your ADHD impacts your job performance depends on many factors, the type and severity of your symptoms, the suitability of the job to your strengths, and how successfully you are using strategies to offset any weaknesses. READ MORE


ADHD Workplace Accommodations and Strategies

This chart is a reference for adults with ADHD and their employers. Possible strategies and accommodations are meant to address specific ADHD impairments caused by a disability. The impairments listed are directly linked to DSM 5 and ASRS symptoms and appropriate work-place accommodations. READ MORE


The Right Career for You and Your ADHD

Being aware of how your ADHD impacts you at work is the first step in deciding which career to train for, or if your present career is the right one for you. There are no specific careers that are absolutely good or bad for those with ADHD, since those with ADHD are unique and vary greatly in their strengths and weaknesses. READ MORE


ADHD and the Human Rights Commission

Although situations vary from province to province a recent Ontario Human Rights Commission report, “Minds that matter: Report on the consultation on human rights, mental health and addictions has helped to clarify the duty of employers to accommodate individuals with mental health conditions. READ MORE


ADHD at Work: A Guide for Employers

Often, gaining an understanding about ADHD as an employer and allowing your employee to implement simple strategies may be all that is required to successfully satisfy both parties and increase job performance. Sometimes additional accommodations are required, but these need not cause undue hardship for the employer nor inconvenience co-workers. READ MORE