An interesting article on disclosing your disabilities in the workplace.
I sat on edge somewhat while reading the post hoping there was something in there that would speak on behalf of the disabled person, but none was found.
It’s easy for an employer to say they support people with disabilities but it’s another thing to actually do it when the situation arises. I’m not saying all employers are like that. I hear the odd story of someone who is successfully employed in a supportive workplace. It warms my heart to know that some employers out there truly care and follow through with what they say they will do.
I agree with the writer that speaking to your employer or potential employer about your disability could open some doors. And while there are many progressive employers who genuinely try to accommodate disabled employees’ needs and restrictions, it has been my experience that the only door disclosure opens is the exit door.
Having more inclusive workplaces would be a dream come true for so many. Credit to those employers who are willing to open those doors and keep them open. Let’s break down those barriers!
Have you or someone you know disclosed their disability to their current or prospective employer? Hopefully you had a positive experience. Please feel free to comment below, your thoughts on disclosure.
The following is Republished: Financial Post-Careers – Megan Santos, Special to Financial Post | November 13, 2015 4:04 PM ET
Making the decision to disclose and discuss disabilities in the workplace
As companies continue to implement and promote diversity efforts within their recruitment strategies, accommodating employees with disabilities remains an important focus. About four million working-age Canadians identified themselves as disabled in 2012. While it could be obvious if a candidate is in a wheelchair, or visually impaired many people live with invisible disabilities as well. Attention…