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What to reveal

I am moving to a new position within my company.  However, it is pretty much a “blind move.”  As in, I’m moving to another office, but the position itself is up in the air.  How do I let my new supervisor know what I need and the roles in which I function best without actually revealing the ADHD…only because I’m not sure how he/she will take it.  When I got to my present assignment, I was put in a position where the ADHD was an asset, but that supervisor left and I am now in a position, due to my pay grade, where I hope I do not get fired before I can transfer out of here.

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Most people, including ADHD experts and individuals with ADHD, advise not disclosing your ADHD in the workplace (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/816.html). Instead, let your supervisor and co-workers knowing your strengths and how you work best (I need to wear earplugs to drown out the noise and distractions to be most productive. I am most productive when I return calls and emails at two set times each day. Etc…)

Here are some more tips on working with your boss to be most productive: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/9575.html.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Sep 04, 2014 at 1:32pm

I would agree with Penny 100%. 

When I have a client who is struggling professionally, we work to figure out what their strengths and natural talents are (how they process information best, what already works for them, etc.) and how to apply those areas of strength to where they’re struggling so that they can they can make accommodations for themselves given what’s available to them in their current situation. 

Often, we don’t even need to involve a supervisor—the changes we make to the way the client is doing their job are frequently things the client does on their own.  Once in a while, it will involve requesting additional support like different kinds of software or approval to use certain kinds of tools, but more often than not, the client makes their own changes independent of the boss that make all the difference.

Good luck!

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADHD Coach
http://www.CoachingADDvantages.com

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Sep 10, 2014 at 6:25pm

Yes yes yes. If you tell them, you will be pilloried.

Posted by kc64 on Sep 23, 2014 at 2:26pm

Hearing this (advice not to mention ADHD specifically) is so frustrating to me because on the other hand I’m working so hard to change my self-talk from “I’m so lazy and irresponsible and if my job is hard because of it, that’s something I need to suffer silently” to “It’s not my fault, it’s the ADHD that is making this difficult, and I need to accept that this is a challeng for me and ask for help.” But when I’m trying to do so without mentioning ADHD, it’s very hard to maintain the right attitude. If we want to fight the stimgma and misconceptions about ADHD, isn’t it important to stop acting like it’s something to be ashamed of and have a conversation with our supervisors about how it comes with both strenths and weaknesses and that the proper management can help use the strengths to the company’s advantage and keep the weaknesses from getting in the way?

Posted by Windowfriend on Oct 07, 2014 at 5:57pm

I hear you, Windowfriend!  It is a frustrating dichotomy, isn’t it?  We want to educate the world about ADHD and improve awareness, but it’s a tricky thing.  The “real world” truth of the matter is that, even in the year 2014, there’s still so very much ignorance, stigma and misinformation around ADHD.  As much as we ALL want that to change, that’s our reality.  Everyone who knows me knows ALL about my ADHD!  Fortunately, I am in able to do that.  My boss (me!) is fully clued in!  But the truth of the matter is that most people’s bosses are not clued in!  It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth.

For some, full disclosure can be really helpful, for others, not at all.

I believe very strongly that people like you and me who are educated about ADHD will make a difference for those who come after us.  Unfortunately, we’re just not quite there yet!

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do what we can do to improve ADHD Awareness!

(It is ADHD Awareness month!) LOL

Lynne

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Oct 07, 2014 at 6:58pm

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