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Workplace Accommodations & ADHD
What do you ask for and HOW?
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I’ve been really open about my struggles with ADHD in the workplace. I’ve had over 30 different job titles, hundreds of job interviews, been fired, quit, and I’ve cried a lot in-between. To say that I’ve struggled in the workplace is actually a gross understatement. Because ADHD has so deeply impacted my career journey, I am now very passionate about helping other ADHDers find workplace accommodations.
What are some workplace accommodations for ADHD? And how can you ask for them?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a workplace accommodation as: a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done during the hiring process. If you have ADHD, you are covered and accommodations may be necessary for you to complete your work.
While each person is unique, accommodations for workers with ADHD could involve simple modifications such as:
Using headphones for listening to music or earplugs to minimize noise distractions
Asking for a personal workspace, working remotely from home, or working during non-office hours
Requesting regular, constructive feedback or check-ins
Asking for assigned due dates for each task when possible
Taking multiple, short breaks throughout the day
These are just a few examples of ways that employers can bridge the gap and help ADHD employees thrive at work.
One of the best resources for accommodations is a company called Inclusively. Their platform empowers you to personalize your job search and self-select the accommodations that you need to be successful in both the interview and on the job, while also allowing you to filter inclusive employers who are transparent about the accommodations they provide.
Through Inclusively, job seekers can sign up and create a free profile to start receiving curated job recommendations from employers who are committed to disability inclusion and creating diverse teams.
Inclusively is a great resource for ADHDers, and recently they launched their Community, a space to connect with other job seekers and join discussions in self-disclosure, interview tips, and accommodations - and get access to live webinars & office hours with their team of inclusion experts... if you’re interested in learning more and finding a job that works for you, sign up on Inclusively and join the conversation in their community.
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