Don't Let Your Disorder Get You Fired! 3 Ways To Overcome ADHD

Don't Let Your Disorder Get You Fired! 3 Ways To Overcome ADHD

Those struggling with ADHD are 60% more likely to lose their jobs. And here is the bigger issue: 85-90% of adult workers don't even know that they are actually struggling with undiagnosed symptoms. Maybe you realize that you are unfocused, easily distracted, and often completely lost with regard to time management and organizing, yet you aren't aware that there are real solutions to those issues.

ADHD affects 4.4% of adults, making it one of the most common mental disorders in North America, but many don't even acknowledge it as a real problem. While it's not life-threatening, it can most certainly be life-debilitating.

Is this you? "I need help. I'm on probation at my job. My boss said I have to become better at organizing, following through on my commitments, and getting to work on time or I'm going to be fired. I've had these problems my whole life, but they are even worse now. I'm always being told I'm lazy and a slob, but I don't want to be. I think I may have ADD."

Are you being written up at work for varous "behavioral problems?" Well, those with ADHD are being "disciplined" at the office by a factor of 18 over other employees.

Productivity is at a deficit by one month of time per year, according to a 2006 study by the World Health Organization. That means that, on average, 4.5 weeks of work time, or 180 hours a year, is lost due to inefficiency. If you are that employee, and are earning even $30 per hour, the company is losing over $5,000 annually.

ADHD is often ignored and not acknowledged by many employers. Ignoring ADHD symptoms of poor follow through, disorganization, poor communication, lack of prioritizing, strategizing, sequencing, and decision-making can cost the company you work for money.

So, if your employer must constantly be handling the fallout because you haven't learned to accommodate these issues, then they may end up losing money, and you may wind up losing your job.

In order to keep the job that you have successfully secured, take these 3 suggestions to heart:

  1. Learn ways to improve in the areas you are weaker in.
  2. Rein in your talents and strengths to become the tremendous asset you were hired for.
  3. Educate yourself and garner a few new skills to manage the way your mind works.

If you can't tell your boss about your struggles for fear of losing your job or you are uncomfortable, then find help outside your workplace. I'm more than happy to shed some light on this often unknown and misunderstood issue, if you or your workplace want to learn more.

Maybe having an "on-call" coach to help you, and others, one-on-one could help. From setting up effective systems, to reframing one's mind-set, the results are wonderful.

You'd be amazed how many are touched by ADHD in their lives. Call me for a free 15 minute consultation or visit my website for more information