Value of Strengths in the Workplace

The Value of Strengths in the Workplace

By Michelle Geiman Everyone has strengths and weaknesses that show up at their job. However, for adults with ADHD, overcoming obstacles and personal weaknesses may present a greater challenge than their co-workers face. In the workplace, social skills and work production are highly scrutinized by employers. These can be areas of great difficulty for adults with ADHD. ADHD symptoms displayed in the workplace can have a large impact on workplace productivity. Factors such as work environment, job task, coping skills, and workplace accommodations influence people’s chances for success. Every day, people must overcome these barriers to be effective in the…
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Jay Carter: Accommodating Success

By Judy Brenis In 2006, at 42 years of age, Jay Carter was diagnosed with ADHD. Trying to understand his daughter’s learning challenges, he read Driven to Distraction, by Ned Hallowell and John Ratey. “On every page, I said, this is me, this is me, this is me,” says Carter, who was officially diagnosed at a local assessment center. “The missing piece of the puzzle was understanding my ADHD and how it manifests itself and how it impacts my life.” He laughs recalling the day he walked into Starbucks on his way to the 2008 ADDA Conference and saw the…
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Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 1)

We’ve all heard that entrepreneurs are more likely than those in traditional fields to have ADHD or similar traits. Several of the most famous entrepreneurs around have said that their ADHD or LD was in some way an asset on their journey to success. Indeed, many of us seem to gravitate toward work situations where we can operate independently – the sole proprietor, artist or designer, field salesperson, the list goes on. Many of these positions require working in a setting that is the antithesis of the structured corporate environment: the home office. This can be both blessing and curse.…
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Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 2)

By Alan Brown  In the last issue of the ADDA eNews, I described a benefit of working in a corporate or group environment; the inherent structure that provides an external scaffolding. ADHDers often lack a strong internal sense of structure. As a result, working at home or independently can be a real challenge. Without the “safety net” of an external workplace structure (e.g., a boss keeping us accountable or a team member providing the occasional timely nudge), we must build our OWN external structures to compensate for those we lack inwardly. Let’s take a look at the second in a…
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Succeeding With a Lack of Structure: Tips for Working On Your Own (Part 3)

By Alan Brown   In the last couple of issues of ADDA’s eNews issues, I’ve described the contrast between working in a corporate or group environment versus working independently – at home or otherwise on our own. While we ADDers often gravitate toward the latter, such unstructured environments lack the “safety net” of an external workplace structure (e.g., a boss who keeps us on our toes or team members with a timely bit of support). As such, a key to our success is our ability to build our OWN structures to compensate for those we lack inwardly. Here is the…
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Success in the Workplace for ADHDers

In the meantime…Self-directed Accommodations for ADHDers in the Workplace

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking” Buddhist Proverb According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive Market Research of 503 adults with ADHD, 77 percent stated that they believe the condition makes it difficult to achieve success at work. Few perceived employers as being understanding when it comes to employees with ADHD. For many adults, application of reasonable accommodations can make the difference between surviving and thriving at work. However, in attempts to communicate with an employer, many talented adults with ADHD and learning differences have struggled with discouragement…
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