On 16th May 2022, ADHD Girls held the first ADHD Best Practice at Work Conference that looked at the challenges and potential solutions to help ADHDers thrive in the workplace. The conference was insightful with loads of amazing feedback and contributions from ADHD specialists and our attendees.
In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the key takeaways from each of the three Mastermind sessions we held during the conference. Attendees of the Mastermind rooms discussed barriers they’d faced in the workplace and considered conditions that could help ADHDers thrive at work.
To access the conference recording, click here.
During this session we heard about barriers to recruitment, such as:
We also discussed barriers to employment in general:
Potential solutions were considered around creating an anticipatory welcome, support with diagnoses and adjustments, support with the processes and training and coaching for ADHDers and their colleagues.
Challenges for ADHDers that came up during this session:
Possible solutions and ways to support ADHDers
When asked what a sense of belonging and great reasons for retention meant to them, attendees at our conference highlighted the need to feel secure, safe, accepted, understood, and connected, with the team having more general awareness of neurodiversity.
When ADHD goes hand in hand with another identity, such as race, class, gender or sexuality, the challenges associated with it can be multiplied.
Our delegates discussed their lived experiences of ADHD:
When dealing with an ADHD diagnosis, it’s crucial to take intersectionality into account and learn from those who have the lived experiences, and ensuring that our behaviour and language is supportive not inflammatory.
Want more tailored support in creating a more neuroinclusive workplace culture in your teams to enable your ADHDers to thrive?
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You can access the conference recording here.
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