In the workplace

Factors to consider when deciding to disclose your ADHD in the workplace:

  1. Work accommodations: Some people disclose their diagnosis to obtain reasonable accommodations from their manager that they are not otherwise able to receive.
  2. Performance at work: If your manager is commenting on your attention to detail, distractibility or other struggles related to ADHD, disclosing your ADHD may increase your manager’s understanding.
  3. Timing: You are not obligated to disclose your diagnosis during any part of the hiring process, including when you are applying for a job or during an interview.
  4. Knowledge: You may want to keep the disclose private to your manager, or you may want to also tell your co-workers. Depending on your company’s HR policy, the HR department may also be made aware.

How can ADHD affect people in the workplace?

Adults with ADHD may have difficulty:

  • Multitasking and dealing with distractions
  • Staying focused on one task
  • Making and sticking to a plan
  • Staying organized
  • Handling real or perceived criticism

However, adults with ADHD may have:

  • Enhanced creativity
  • Ability to quickly find unique solutions to difficulty problems
  • Ability to hyperfocus on a specific task
  • Strong ambition to try out new ideas
  • Ability to ‘think outside the box’

Fee For Service

If you would like an ADHD Professional to visit your workplace and discuss ADHD with your employees, please email 

ADHD Coaching

ADHD Coaching can be a useful tool to help manage some difficulties at work.

Find out more about ADHD Coaching

ADHD Australia with assistance of Neurodiversity Media have created these helpful factsheets:

Should I disclose my ADHD to my workplace?

Practical Strategies to thrive at work