Survey Says… Adult ADHD Affects Work and Home


 65% of ADHD Adults say it affects their ability to fulfill their responsibilities at home.

 I can tell you from personal experience both at home and in my business that this is a common problem. ADHD adults sincerely want to pull their own weight at home but they often forget their commitments because of chronically poor memory, they can’t get started as they struggle with procrastination and their easy distractibility means they rarely finish projects.

 50% of those employed worried that it could affect promotion possibilities.

ADHD adults make, on average, $5000 to $10,000 less revenue than their colleagues working at the same job because they struggle to get to work on time and to deliver quality work on time. They lose more than 20 days of productivity per year at work just due to distractibility and poor time estimating. Distractibility made 60% of ADHD adults unable to wrap up projects. Their poor quality output usually attracts negative attention so they are often passed over for promotions.

75% said ADHD greatly affected their ability to stay on task

Today’s work environment is not conducive to focusing on one priority or task at a time. Many distractions, such as email alerts and ringing phones, vie constantly grab your attention. In addition, ADHDers are interest-based performers, that is, they are able to stay on task when things interest them and they are able to work to their strengths, but they struggle to activate their brains activated in the face of boring tasks.

ADHD also affects their ability to work in teams

In today’s corporation, your ability to work in teams one of your most important skills. For many, team meetings or team activities take up a large portion of the work day, which makes it especially difficult to perform well for the 70% of ADHDers who said they had trouble concentrating on what others are saying, and for the 60% who reported it was difficult to sit still during meetings.

There is hope for ADHD adults

Unfortunately, reports of these types of research findings are rarely accompanied by offered solutions. Yes, these figures are alarming, but what can be done about it? Some companies are considering pre-emptive testing to ensure that they don’t hire ADHD adults. These corporations are likely to miss out on some excellent employees at a time when a company’s talent pool is its most important asset. After all, there is some good news.

These ADHD productivity issues are all manageable with appropriate training designed especially to help adults overcome the challenges of ADHD, training like The Maximum Productivity Makeover for ADHD Adults. With the right training and support, adults with ADHD will become valuable employees, contributing directly to the bottom line with their creativity, unconventional out-of-the-box thinking, and their high level of energy and passion.



2 thoughts on “Survey Says… Adult ADHD Affects Work and Home”

  1. I would like to know who conducted this study and for what organizations it was published? Isn’t it illegal for companies to discriminate against potential employees based on a legally recognized disability?

    Thanks for the info.
    Ruth McIntosh
    AADDers DFW (

  2. Hi Ruth,

    The organization that surveyed these ADHD adults was Harris Interactive (NASDAQ:HPOL).

    They did so for McNeil Pediatrics, division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    The comment about companies considering measures to reduce the likelihood of hiring an ADHDer came from an earlier study about ADHDers losing 20 days of productivity a year.

    The problem these types of reports miss is in explaining that the problem is not that ADHDers are not productive; it’s that they could be but because of the stigma of ADHD, they don’t come forward to ask for help from their employers.

    Employers, upon seeing such reports, run in a panic because they don’t know that there are things that can be done to help them that are not only cost-effective, but could help these employers to retain creative, out-of-the-box thinkers whose ideas and energy could provide them with competitive advantages.

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