ADHD: The Invisible Economic Strain In Our Workforce that you can change!
In a labor market that is at a historic low, businesses are seeing a high rate of turnover and even ghosting in the workplace. It is a costly trend. Companies are seeing the value in shifting how they train to retain their employees. It is far less expensive to invest in quality training while implementing a community mindset work culture that promotes retention than to continually train new employees. Also, this nurtured environment promotes employee’s self-worth, work engagement and relationships with fellow colleagues.
The result is better morale, work productivity and lower employee turnover rates.
The positive workplace connections and better knowledge base for the demands of their job has the potential for big payoffs for the company in reduced hiring costs as well. Even governmental entities have recently voiced a need for diverse career options and training for this finicky labor pool. Talks of expanding apprenticeship programs are on the rise.
In order for the efforts to be successful, it is important to understand what challenges this group faces and how to best meet their needs. This will ensure quality training for the companies that want to train and hire them.
According to the NCES there are approximately 20 million college students who entered college in the fall of 2018. 19.4% self-reported having a disability. This number has nearly doubled from 10 years ago. The impact on the educational system has been tremendous. Colleges across the U.S. are developing programs to meet the needs of these diverse students. The most prevalent disability is ADHD, a neurologically based disorder.
Of the students surveyed, 79% of the students who reported a disability listed ADHD as their challenge.
As these students enter our workforce, it would be beneficial for us to help them transition with a foundational employee skillset. Often, these neurologically diverse groups need specific guidance and training that may be assumed and overlooked for the average employee. This invisible disability flies under the radar and yet has a very impactful effect on job success.
As Sir Francis Bacon, stated in his Meditationes Sacrae (1597), “knowledge itself is power.”
It is at this point that we can illuminate the challenges around ADHD and take a look at ways to help them manage it and capitalize on their strengths.
For the ADHD employee, goals often seem to slip out of reach due to under managed and a misunderstood condition. While no two people with the diagnoses are identical, here are common challenges associated with having an ADHD diagnosis.
Employees may have trouble:
Prioritizing & Procrastination The workload may become too burdensome if they do not have a clear hierarchal & strategic plan. Procrastination may set in.
Initiating and Completing Tasks Tasks can be daunting and many distractions can derail them from starting and finishing them
Organizing Without a priority system, often people do not know where to begin to organize their workspace.
Concentration While an ADHDer can hyper focus on something that is particularly interesting to them, it is difficult for them to concentrate on mundane work. It can feel overly boring to them and cause them to seek more gratifying interests breaking their ability to focus on what they KNOW they should be working on ie…filing papers, etc.
Time Management This may make them late for work or important events and fall behind on projects in the workplace. This happens even with the best of intentions to be on time.
Impulsive Behavior Difficulty controlling anger and blurt thoughts without much filter that can come across as rude and insulting.
Following Directions Since the ability to remember information may take several steps that require focus, following directions can be difficult.
These behaviors often derail careers, ambitions, and relationships.
It is not uncommon to experience a high rate of job turnover due to either the person’s impulsive choice to leave the job or their behavior gets them fired. This can have a lasting effect on the person leaving, especially one that has been diagnosed with ADHD. They may struggle with feeling shame and low-self esteem and become discouraged in their ability to perform in a job.
Employers who gain an understanding of the condition can create successful training, apprenticeships and mentoring programs that will promote better employee retention.
You do not have to have a disability to take advantage of some actions steps that can help the work flow and dynamics for employees. There are many life factors that can contribute to an employees work attitude and performance. All can benefit from implementing company strategies that address these issues. In part II of this blog, I will address the issues with some helpful tips for employers to implement for all employees.
Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges and find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose. Itis packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.
Your ADHD Challenges Can Help You Find a Career Path
Many of us sense we have strong skills and unique expertise lying right below the surface of our everyday ADHD life, and we’re right. We just need ways to see our struggles as the key to a fulfilling career rather than limitations to one. In this podcast, Michelle discusses how you can take your challenges and find the strengths in them to help you in your career path. Go to www.razcoaching.com/downloads to get free pdf copies of worksheets for my podcasts! Please share.
Find Your Special with a Life Coach after Addiction
It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.
-Chris Jami, Killosophy
We put our children in schools so that they get educated and enlightened. Then when they get bad grades we immediately force them into studying and ground them so that their grades improve. Similarly when someone falls sick, we rush them to a hospital and get them treated. Society is slowly accepting addiction as a situation where both mind and body are suffering tremendously. To date many people believe that an addict must first have the “will” to cure themselves before anyone else helps them and in essence the desire for a solution must be present but it is still quite unrealistic to expect an addict to have the required discipline and will to fight their drug addiction. They need external resources.
More often than not addicts end up in the worst possible situations before someone takes notice and sends them to rehabs and therapy centers. It’s a sad fact how this problem could have been averted easily, at a much earlier stage. What’s more is that rehabilitation centers are not an empirical cure for addiction, yes, they do cut off the problem but, weeding it out? That requires a lot more management than most people are led to believe. It is HARD work. Relatives and spouses are often too close to the addict to offer adequate support and management, often sensing something is wrong but not acting on it while the addict is struggling.
According to National Institute of Drug Administration (NIDA) an annual loss of $700 billion is reported related to crime, lost work productivity and health care, owing to alcoholism, smoking and drug administration. About 2% of 12th graders related to daily consumption of alcohol and 23.6% to monthly drug administration. And majority of drug users fell under the ages of 25 to 39. These are hard facts and in most cases all any recovering or suffering addict needs is support.
Addiction Life Coaching is also regarded as a form of “Recovery Coaching”. These coaches specialize in a) Support around recovery efforts b) Constant positive reinforcement c) Decision making guidance d) Life Style management
Studies show that recovery is aided with the presence of a coach; a third person element that is neither too close to the addict nor a judgmental figure. Addicts easily fall into the trap of bad decision making, coaches help patients relearn and refocus the decision making part of their personality and spend less time struggling. The treatment program of the addict is not done alone, the presence of a coach is also for the healing and support to benefit family members.
While addiction remains a problem of millions it is barely identified by a small percentage and according to the Model of Health, addiction is still not accepted as a disease by many countries. It is well understood now that addiction results from ingestion of reinforcing substances that stimulate the pleasure and reward center of the human brain and alter its functioning. Addiction is not just physical or related to drug abuse, Addiction Life Coaches deal with the mental impact it has of the whole person.
Here are a few types of addictions that are common for life coaches a) Alcoholics b) Drug Abuse c) Sex addicts d) Gamblers
Often drug abuse and other kinds of addiction lands the abuser in jail however, the process of life style changes and recovery doesn’t have to stop. Life coaches help people right out of confinement in readjusting to the world and provide support for them from falling back into their old patterns.
Addiction remains majorly a social problem and support from peers, family and society members is vital for remission. Quite often biases from time of addiction can be held against clean users and pose as major stressors for rehabilitation.
A life coach is there to bring all the pieces together, make them work collectively for the benefit of the patient. Benefits of a Life Coach • Boosting their inspiration to succeed • Managing day to day life stressors • Managing life style changes • Holding the addict accountable to the recovery plan
A life coach sets the pattern for recovery and provides support along the way.
Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.
Craft Your Personal Purpose and Define Your Career Path
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are -Carl Jung
Don’t let your ADHD or other challenges keep you back from a life of purpose and a career you love. Start to define your own personal purpose with this guide and create, what you want from your life despite your struggles.
Why Define Your Purpose?
When you act without purpose, you risk being reactive instead of proactive. This means that instead of consciously making the decisions that lead to the life you want, you simply react to what falls into your lap.
You can create a proactive life – one where you consciously determine your likes, dislikes, goals, and plans to reach those goals – by learning about yourself, and applying your self-knowledge to your career decisions.
We are all a combination of our genetic traits, like innate skills and talents, and our personal history and experiences.
Personal history includes our expectations, what we are familiar with, and what seems realistic or unrealistic to us. For example, if you grew up around doctors, you might see it as realistic to become a doctor yourself; but if you had no family members or family friends who were doctors growing up, then becoming a doctor might seem out of reach.
This expectation has nothing to do with your innate potential.
These learned attitudes can hold us back from pursuing careers that are well-suited to our goals. That’s why it is so important to consciously analyze what you enjoy, and what you want out of a career – and then investigate which careers will allow you to best fulfill your purpose.
By defining your personal purpose and learning about yourself, you’ll give yourself goals to strive for and tools to engage with the challenges and curveballs of life head on!
When you live with purpose, you become passionate about living. You are in touch with your drives and passions, and have a purpose you’ve chosen to keep you focused and motivated. To start making the most of your life, the first step is to create this personal purpose.
A Good Place to Start: Investigate Your Inner Narrative
Below, I’ve listed some questions to help you identify your passions. Spend some time with these questions to get into the headspace of paying attention to your own joys and strengths, with a sharp eye out for why these things make you happy. These are only a few of the questions that can help you to see the patterns of what brings you joy, what stresses you out, and what you are really good at.
To get the most out of these questions, please answer them honestly.
What motivates me in life?
What have I wanted, but never gotten, in life?
What energizes me? How?
What brings me the most joy? Why?
What are my biggest interests?
What do I REALLY REALLY want in life?
Who do I enjoy being around? Why?
Now, how can you turn these loves and desires into a statement of purpose for the next several years of your life?
Is there a passion, skill, or craft that you want to devote your life to perfecting? Is there an area of study that you want to devote your life to advancing? Is building wealth your top priority? Or is there a type of challenge you’d like to devote your life to helping others overcome?
There are countless possible answers, but some could look like this:
My purpose in life is to help end world hunger.
My purpose in life is to help people look and feel their best.
My purpose in life is to empower others through education.
My purpose in life is to care for the sick.
My purpose in life is to become an artist whose work moves people.
My purpose in life is to change laws and policies to create a better world.
My purpose in life is to build as much wealth as possible for my family in future generations.
Consider which way of contributing might suit you best. For example, are you a people person, or do you prefer to work alone? Do you like to do hands-on work, or do you prefer to study and work out theories?
Consider these possible professions that correspond with the type of life purpose:
A person could help end world hunger by being a scientist, a politician, or a founder or employee of an organization devoted to hunger relief.
A person could help others to look and feel their best as a fitness trainer, a cosmetologist, a nutritionist, or a fashion designer.
A person could empower others through education as a school teacher, a founder or staff member of an adult or extracurricular education program, or a producer of educational media.
Note that even within each of these purposes, many different careers requiring different skills are necessary to fulfill them. Defining your personal purpose helps you choose your life goals, and possible career paths to reach them!
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Informational interviewing might just be the best way to get a job and yet it is underused by most job seekers. Whenever I work with a career development client and we get to the informational interviewing step, I am met with hesitance and resistance. I get it! Cold calling is a scary and dreaded way to talk to a potential employer, but it is so effective!
Really, the problem is that It is misunderstood and overlooked as a means to get a foot in the door for a job.
Think of an information interview meeting as a networking opportunity. This is a one-on-one meeting with a key person in a field that you have a high interest in.
It may be that you have preconceived ideas about a particular career. Information interviewing can give you a better sense of what it would be like to work in the field you’ve chosen. It is first-hand, realistic, information you can use to form your idea of your ideal career.
An informational interview is less formal than a real interview. It allows you the opportunity to show off your personality, your skills, interests, and aptitude in a semi-relaxed atmosphere. Because of this, you will likely come across as more authentic to the interviewer. An informational interview gives a prospective employer better insight into who you are, and how you might be a good fit for the organization in the near future. This is a win-win situation for everyone.
“Foot in the door”
At the typical interview that follows an application, you might feel that you’re in an interview mill—the interviewer bored with all the candidates and simply saying, “Next. Next,” after each interview. This may leave you feeling less than confident in your ability to outperform the next person. With an information interview, you aren’t going to be competing for a time slot, and chances are the interviewer has 15-20 minutes they can carve out of their busy day to talk shop. Many people enjoy this opportunity to talk about themselves, and about how they got to where they are, as well as to help young job-seekers find a springboard from which to launch their careers.
Because informational interviews are less formal—and stressful—the conversations usually flow easier. Remember, you aren’t there to ask for a job. You’re only there to learn. You want information that will help guide you in the direction of the career best suited for YOU. This means you are the one in control of the questions and the outcome of the interview. This is a great time to let your guard down a little, let your true personality shine, as well as briefly showcase how your skills benefit the company. You can also take the opportunity to ask more strategic questions—questions that help you, but perhaps would not be appropriate at a real interview. You can ask about benefits, salary, and even the social climate of the organization without portraying yourself in a negative light.
Gain insight, and Practice Interviewing
This is the opportunity for you to come in prepared to ask the right questions. People enjoy telling their story and you can get a real sense of what the company or career might be like, and so determine whether your chosen career is truly a good fit for you.
Additionally, if some parts of the interview process intimidate you, this is an excellent way to come up with a game-plan and practice. Remember practice ONLY makes for improvement.
If you feel a connection with the person you meet with, you may well have lucked into a mentoring relationship opportunity. Your interviewer might really be impressed with the initiative you show by requesting an informational interview, and may be willing to offer further advice and support. And this goes both ways. Because of the rapport you build in this interview, you yourself might ask for further guidance via follow ups which we’ll talk about later in this chapter.
How to conduct yourself at the interview
You should regard each interview as a business appointment and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Write a THANK YOU NOTE to the people you have interviewed. Report back to them if you have followed up on any suggestions.
The last thing to remember is that informational interviews are extremely effective. How effective? According to Dr. Randall Hansen, founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the web, “While one out of every 200 resumes (some studies put the number as high as 1,500 resumes) results in a job offer, one out of every 12 informational interviews results in a job offer.”
Informational Interviews are so effective that despite that the stated aim is NOT to get a job, many Informational Interviews still end up with a job offer.
So, go ahead and pick up that phone, you may just land a job!
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