Managing our jobs and careers can be a struggle with ADHD.
Work life just seems to be more difficult for us.
A study on Adult ADHD by the University of Massachusetts showed these differences we feel aren't imagined, but are staggeringly real.
The study highlighted some key differences in the work experience of someone with ADHD vs a non-ADHD, and it's substantial.
Experienced discipline by their boss
- ADHD: 11.1%
- Typical: 0.6%
Fired from a job
- ADHD: 17.3%
- Typical: 3.7%
Quit a job due to boredom
- ADHD: 32.6%
- Typical: 3.7%
The numbers show just how difficult the traditional work life can be for those of us with ADHD.
So what can we do about it? There are few things that can make a big difference, depending on your work situation.
One thing we can do is try to lean into our areas of strength—ADHDers thrive when we are in our sweet spot!
You can also look into workplace accommodations that may better help you be able to do your job. In many countries (like the U.S.), ADHD is recognized as a disability and reasonable accommodations are required.
These can range from having a private place to do your work, assistive technology (noise-canceling headphones, timers, apps, etc), structured breaks, flexible work hours, remote work, and more.
Next month, I'm partnering with my friend, Trina Haynes (from My Lady ADHD), to cover all of these and more in a weekend workshop specifically to tackle how we can work better with our ADHD.
We're calling it... drumroll... Working With ADHD and it will be October 15th & 16th from 2-5pm Pacific on both days.
It's a two day workshop, 3 hours each day. And we've got a lot of fun surprises planned!
We would love to have you there for this workshop to learn more about how ADHD impacts work and what we can do to build a better strategy toolbox for our unique wiring.
You'll be meeting and working alongside a community of other ADHDers, and we'll have some ongoing community and accountability to help us put everything into action!
I hope to see you there.
Stay focused, Jesse J. Anderson
P.S. I also launched my new website, adhdjesse.com which has some ADHD resources (with more to come) and my brand new shop with some ADHD merch that I think looks pretty slick! Let me know what you think and what you'd love to see added. 🙂