It’s likely that at least some of your employees have ADHD. Numerous studies indicate that between 4 and 8% of adults has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD.) However, of those, only 10 to 15% are diagnosed and treated.
Left untreated, ADHD can have a huge negative impact on a person’s career. Adults with ADHD are six times more likely to be fired and eighteen times more likely to be disciplined for poor work behavior than their peers. As a result of inconsistent performance and frequent job changes, adults with ADHD can earn $5,000 to $10,000 less annually than their colleagues with the same education and experience.
Other studies have shown that adults with ADHD are three to six times more likely to suffer one or more burnouts. Struggles with disorganization and chaos in the workplace place them under more stress than their colleagues, and unless they receive help to learn ADHD-friendly strategies for improving productivity, they are likely to experience burnout, and unless the situation changes, upon returning to work, they can expect to experience additional burnouts.
Attention Deficit Disorder affects employers. Adults with untreated ADHD lose an average of 22 days of productivity per year.
The Good News
On the upside, adults with ADHD who do seek diagnosis and treatment (treatment can include medication, but coaching is widely recognized as one of the most effective treatments available) perform as well as their colleagues. When more attention is paid to strengths and reasonable (and usually inexpensive) accommodations are made to manage any weaknesses, adults with ADHD tend to perform even better than their non-ADHD colleagues.
Two studies show that adults with ADHD tend to be more creative than their non-ADHD peers, especially when solving problems that require unconventional solutions or out-of-the-box thinking.
Even better, ADHD is one of the most treatable conditions affecting the workplace. Helping employees become more effective improves ROI by increasing productivity and retention. Preventing burnout reduces insurance costs and costs associated with loss of continuity of projects.
Focus Action Success Inc (FAS)’s ADHD-friendly training and coaching can help your employees struggling with ADHD make their best contribution to your organization.