ADHD at Work
Troubles with focusing at work- Recently disciplined at work.
I am 26, and I’ve been working in mortgages and finance for going on 6 years. I recently started a new job at a credit union about 6 months ago. I’m finding it more and more difficult to focus at work, and I believe I am upsetting my team members as well as my managers.
I am medicated (1 20mg Adderall XR per day), and I see a therapist who specializes in ADD. While it does help, I do have some bad days where my attention and focus is completely shot. I work in a “cube farm”, which has an open office setting and it can be very distracting to me. My biggest vice is getting distracted with a thought, and running to Google to search something “really quick”. Due to the nature of my business, there are times where we will need to search addresses or companies to verify employment, but for the most part, we are not allowed on the internet.
My boyfriend and I are planning a vacation in August for Jamaica. (YAY!) 3 weeks ago, I put in my application for a passport, and I’ve been searching flights/vacation packages at home to book our trip. I recently brought these home searches to work, and I was caught looking up non work related websites twice (travel site and US Department of State Passport site). I was caught popping the screen down when someone walked by my desk and I received an email from my Asst. Manager stating she caught me. My direct supervisor was CC’d on it as well, yet she wasn’t in the office and has yet to read it.
I immediately went and talked to my Asst. Manager and admitted what I did and apologized. I know what I did was wrong. She was very receptive and thankful that I owned up, and I feel I worked it out very well with her. My supervisor has not seen the email yet, and she will see it Monday morning.
I have been worrying all weekend over this. I know I have ADD, and my supervisor knows, but I am beyond embarrassed, since this isn’t the first time I’ve been talked to about my attention at work. All I want is some help to keep me from doing these things and possibly sabotaging my good job. I’m worried I’ve put my job on the line. Any advice as to how I should handle this going forward and helpful tips to keep my attention in check?
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