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You may have noticed that one of your employees often is unfocused and disorganized but also bright and creative. He or she may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People with ADHD can be restless, moody and unorganized and may struggle to get their work done. However, they are also typically energetic, creative and compassionate. This article from the MindTools platform, which provides resources for leadership development and professional growth, helps managers understand the challenges their team members with ADHD face, so you can keep expectations reasonable and capitalize on their strengths.

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Some symptoms people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) display can cause problems in the workplace.

People with ADHD are often physically restless. Their mind easily wanders. However, some people with ADHD can also become hyperfocused on tasks that interest them. Since they struggle to get organized and to prioritize their tasks, they are prone to procrastination. They tend to need high stimulation and are frustrated when they’re bored. Many suffer from high anxiety and low self-esteem. They can tend toward addictive or impulsive behavior and often show a lack of awareness about how their behavior affects others.

Employees with ADHD may be unable to reach their goals and can distract team...

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