October is ADHD Awareness Month!

16 October, 2023

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

Following on from our blog on neurodiversity last week, we wanted to provide some awareness on ADHD.

What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurological condition that affects the brain's ability to regulate attention, impulses and executive functions. It is not a matter of being easily distracted or hyperactive. It involves a range of symptoms that can vary in severity from person to person.

Common Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Inattention: Individuals with ADHD may struggle to focus on tasks, often becoming easily distracted and forgetful. They may have difficulty organising their thoughts and tasks, leading to frequent disorganisation.
  • Hyperactivity: While hyperactivity may be more noticeable in children, it can also manifest as restlessness and a constant need to stay on the move in adults.
  • Impulsivity: Impulsive behaviour, such as blurting out thoughts or actions without thinking of the consequences, is a common symptom. This can lead to difficulties in social and professional situations.
  • Difficulty with Time Management: Many individuals with ADHD find it challenging to estimate and manage time effectively, often leading to procrastination and missed deadlines.


Benefits of Having Individuals with ADHD in Your Workforce:

While ADHD presents challenges, it also comes with certain strengths that can be advantageous in a variety of workplace settings:

  • Creativity: Many individuals with ADHD have a unique perspective and can think outside the box. They often come up with creative solutions to problems that others might overlook.
  • Hyperfocus: When interested in a task, individuals with ADHD can display intense focus and productivity, often referred to as "hyperfocus." This can be a valuable asset for tasks that require deep concentration.
  • Adaptability: ADHD individuals are often quick thinkers and adaptable in fast-paced environments, making them well-suited for roles that require quick decision-making and flexibility.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic: Their boundless energy and enthusiasm can be contagious, motivating teams and contributing to a positive work atmosphere.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Their ability to see connections and think on their feet can be an asset when tackling complex issues.


In conclusion, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
While it can present challenges, individuals with ADHD often bring unique strengths to the table, such as creativity, adaptability, and problem-solving skills.
Embracing diversity in the workplace, including individuals with ADHD, can lead to a more innovative and dynamic team, ultimately benefiting both the employees and the organisation as a whole.


How Hayward Hawk can help your company embrace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to lead to a more inclusive and innovative work environment

Hayward Hawk are proud to announce that we are partnering with Specialisterne Northern Ireland, on the Empower NI Programme. 
The Empower Programme is a new 2-year programme which is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Programme. The Empower Programme will support 2000 people who are autistic and/or neurodivergent, or who have a disability, or long term health condition, to start out new careers. 
We are excited to help the neuro-divergent community here in Northern Ireland, in their search for lasting work.

Reach out to Ryan McQuitty for more info or advice in this area!
E: ryanm@haywardhawk.com
T: 028 9590 2688

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