How to stay focused at work

stay focused at work

Cognition is the mental action or process for acquiring knowledge and understand through thought, experience and the senses.

How to stay focused at work

Cognitive skills can be hard for people with disability that affects the way their brain processes information. 

This includes:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Acquired brain injuries 
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Dementia
  • Neurological conditions.

The process affected by cognitive or thinking skills include critical thinking, problem solving, attention, concentration and memory and can also cause: 

  • Stress
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Poor work performance.

Developing work related skills

Learning and develop work related skills and knowledge is needed in workplaces across all industries. Good employers will realise different learning styles exist and that people often have a preferred style of learning. If you know the best way you learn, be open with your employer about this. 

Learning styles:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic (learn by doing)
  • Verbal
  • Logical
  • Social
  • Solitary.

Support Services 

Australia Government employment service providers such as MAX Employment provide a range of help and support to people with disability. Disability Employment Services (DES) can help people who experience learning difficulties such as people with intellectual disability to develop work ready skills.


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