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Do You Support Your Workers With ADHD? Here’s How You Can.

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Nearly one in 20 adults have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the organization Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and those numbers are growing with diagnoses reportedly increasing in the wake of the pandemic. Actively supporting workers who have ADHD is important not just for establishing a positive company culture but also for boosting productivity.

While ADHD can make it harder for employees to focus while at work, it can also be a superpower when properly managed. Workers with ADHD can hyper-focus on work that excites and interests them and are often more creative than their peers, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Here are three ways you can accommodate your employees with ADHD and ensure that they’re empowered to do their jobs to the best of their abilities:

Grant your employees latitude, within reason.

If your employees give you suggestions for how they could be better accommodated in the workplace, give them the opportunity to prove what works best for them. Some employees might say they work better during unconventional hours like in the evening, or they may need a quiet space in the office where they can focus on their work.

Of course, there’s always a limit to what’s a realistic accommodation request. Asking for a quiet spot to work is a lot different than asking for a personal corner office. Some of the best ways to accommodate employees with ADHD include scheduling uninterrupted work time so meetings don’t interrupt their “flow,” or encouraging your employees to take a walk in the middle of the day, according to the Job Accommodation Network. Taking a walk may not seem like a consequential action, but it can serve as a much-needed physical outlet for expending extra energy, and can help to ensure that employees don’t get overstressed and anxious in the office.

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