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Businesses lose time on hyperactive employees, study shows

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 17, 2008

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently completed a survey detailing the less productive nature of workers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Approximately 3.5% of adults suffer from ADHD, a condition that is more common in males than females, and more prevalent in developed countries than developing countries.

The numbers revealed that workers with ADHD lose 22.1 work days a year compared to co-workers without ADHD, according to the researchers.

Due to these findings, researchers noted that "it may be cost-effective for companies to screen workers and offer treatment programs for the disorder as a way to recoup time lost and improve workplace performance."

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