Managing ADHD in the Workplace

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, FL  July 24, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm
$150 (lunch included)



Text Box:Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent mental disorders in the US, yet it is widely ignored by most employers.  It affects 4.4% of U.S. adults.  According to a 2012 U.S. economic impact study of ADHD, it does affect the workplace. The study estimated the overall national annual incremental costs of ADHD ranged from $143 to $266 billion. Adults ($105-$194 billion) incurred most of these costs. For adults, the largest cost category was productivity and income losses ($87 - $138 billion). Furthermore, a 2006 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that untreated adults with ADHD lost an average of 22 days of productivity per year.

Text Box:Adults with ADHD are eighteen times more likely to be disciplined at work for perceived "behavior problems" and are 60% more likely to lose their jobs. Adults with ADHD earn $10,532 to $12,189 less per year because of chronic employment issues. To make matters worse, between 85 and 90% of adults with ADHD do not know they have it but are struggling at work.
The perception in the workplace is that the behavior issues of adults with ADHD are due to a lack of willingness or capacity to accomplish their work. There is still a stigma surrounding ADHD that leads to most adults with ADHD not disclosing their ADHD to employers.  If they did most managers and HR professional would have trouble determining if the accommodation is reasonable.

This full-day interactive session will provide information and strategies for managing ADHD in the workplace to increase awareness including:

  • How it manifests itself,
  • The cost of not treating it,
  • The return on investment of helping employee with ADHD,
  • Correct faulty perceptions about adults with ADHD,
  • Equip managers and HR consultants to better help their employees with ADHD improve their productivity, and
  • Provide employerswith best practices for managing ADHD in the workplace

Case studies and role-plays will be used to provide attendees with tools they can use to better evaluate the source of the employees problems, identify reasonable accommodations, and coach employees with ADHD and their managers to improve performance at work.

Workplace Application:

This training will help managers and HR professionals understand ADHD’s history and influence within the workplace.  It will provide a tool kit of resources for HR professionals to assist people with ADHD.  It will also increase HR professionals understanding of how ADAAA has changed workplace accommodations.  Last, it will assist HR professionals concerning coaching and counseling others regardingADHD performance issues and accommodations requests. 


At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Help ensure compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations regarding ADHD.
  • Identify, select, and negotiate appropriate accommodations for employees with special needs.
  • Provide coaching to managers and executives regarding effectively managing organizational talent with ADHD.
  • Recognize the impact of organizational culture on individuals with ADHD and take steps to create a culture where individual differences are celebrated.
  • Develop, select, and implement employee training programs to increase the effectiveness of individuals with ADHD.
  • Better evaluate the source of an ADHD employee's performance issues, to develop employee training needs.


What is ADHD?

  • Causes
  • Symptoms of ADHD
    • Experiment: how does it feel to have ADHD?
  • Diagnosis and Treatment

Impacts of ADHD in the workplace

  • On the employee with ADHD
  • Coworkers and supervisors
  • Costs of untreated ADHD in the workplace

Overcoming barriers in the Workplace

  • Type of tasks
  • Strengths-based approach

Overview of ADAAA and Accommodations

  • Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act of 2008
  • Accommodations
    • Why accommodations are not requested
    • How to create a culture where ADHDers feel free to request accommodations
  • Case Study

Organizational Culture and its impact on people with disabilities

  • What research says
  • What actions can be taken to create a culture where people with disabilities ask for and get help

Coaching the individual with ADHD to manage performance issues due to ADHD

Speaker biography:

Primary Presenter:  Michelle Geiman, MBA, SPHR, is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources with over fifteen years of progressive experience in employee and labor relations, performance management, recruitment, compensation and benefits, organizational development, and human resource information systems.  She has worked in both public and corporate settings for organizations with more than 50,000 employees and Fortune 500 corporations. 

Michelle is currently the Chief Human Resource Officer for Ohio Dominican University.  For close to ten years, she has been teaching human resources, organizational behavior, business ethics, and teambuilding related courses at various universities.  Michelle is active in her local chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) by serving on the Speaker’s Committee. 

Her experience is enhanced by her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Otterbein College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations, and International Business.  She is currently completing her dissertation for her PhD in Organizational and Leadership Change from Walden University. 

Second Presenter:  Linda Walker, PCC (ICF) is a Certified ADHD Coach specializing in productivity in the workplace for adults with ADHD.  She is the creator of The Maximum Productivity Makeover for ADHD Adults, an in-depth productivity training and coaching program for adults with ADHD, and she is also author of With Time to Spare: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Performance for Entrepreneurs, Adults with ADHD and Other Creative Geniuses. 

Linda earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Organization Concentration) and also completed additional training in instructional design while working as an instructor at a technical training school.  She completed her coach training at the ADD Coach Academy and has been practicing since 2005 in the area of work performance improvements.

Linda also has over 15 years as an instructor and 5 years of project management experience.  As an instructor for Academy Canada, she was heavily involved in the successful accreditation of Academy Canada's training programs.  Later she was involved in all phases of instructional design and development of the business curriculum for several major training projects for Berlex Canada Inc. 



Pre-Test:  Measuring knowledge of and attitudes about adult ADHD


What is ADHD


Impacts of ADHD in the workplace


 BREAK (15 min)


Overcoming barriers in the workplace


Overview of ADAAA and Accommodations


BREAK (60 min)


Organizational culture and its impact on people with disabilities
Coaching the individual with ADHD


BREAK (15 min)


Coaching the manager of an ADHD employee


Question period


Post-test: Measuring changes in knowledge and attitudes about adult ADHD

Total Time:

Learning:  6 hours
Non-Learning Time:  1.5 hours


Number of units:  6
The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved this activity for 6 general recertification credits

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