What should I tell my boss?

The topic of what to tell one’s boss about one’s ADHD, if anything at all has come up for me a few times recently. Here’s my two cents. I think it is important to keep colleagues and superiors in the loop. However, I would never suggest doing that as an excuse. 

Most of us work in results based professions. Nobody wants to hear excuses about why we can’t do the work, get there on time, produce a mistake free product, or deliver on expectations. That said, I think most of us may deliver in a non-traditional way. I would never excuse lack of results by referring to ones ADHD. But I’m more than happy to explain my methods, needs, and quicks in that same framework. 

It is important to be in an organization that isn’t so rigid that there is no room for individuality. As ADHDers we may need to approach our work day differently. We may need to come in early or stay late. We may need to borrow a conference room when the main office area gets to distracting. We may need to stand up in longer meeting to stay focused. We may need to utilize any number of strategies to produce the expected product. A good boss will recognize that we are all individuals and let us get there however is best as long as we get there.

Standard Disclaimer:  In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. An imperfect post completed is better than a perfect post that goes unposted.

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