As an HR Professional or Senior Leader, do you do your best every day to accommodate individuals with invisible disabilities and conditions in your workplace?
Are there ever times when you find yourself out of your depth and floundering?
As a life coach for brilliant people who are struggling under the surface, I spend my days working with individuals with invisible disabilities and conditions such as; ADHD, learning disabilities, Aspergers, autism, OCD, bi-polar disorder, anxiety and depression. I love my clients, who also happen to be some of the most interesting and brilliant people I know; however, it can be difficult for even the most seasoned HR professional to know exactly how to provide the right accommodations for these individuals at work.
The situation is complex - for many reasons.
One - most individuals don't disclose at work. There is a fear that disclosing will cause them to be at a disadvantage.
Two - even when individuals do disclose, many employers feel out of their depth to support them.
So where do you begin?
This is where I come in as a coach, consultant, and mostly an advisor, and work directly with Senior Leaders, Managers, Business Owners, Government Officials and HR Professionals to identify what is needed to create a workplace culture that is truly inclusive.
I work with teams and provided training. I facilitate discussions that empower employers with the knowledge they need to then create a workplace that meets the needs of all employees. I also work collectively with employers and their employees with invisible conditions; we get curious, dig deep and find out what each employee really needs - what accommodations are truly meaningful to them - and create an environment where all employees feel appropriately supported.
The most recent statistics show that 1 in 3 employees has 'something'...it could be a mental health issue like depression or anxiety, or ADHD or a learning disability.
So, what is the cost of not providing meaningful accommodations?
According to a Globe and Mail article, mental health claims cost Canadian companies $1,500 per employee per year, or $50 billion collectively per year. This amount does not take into account costs from other invisable conditions.
Can you really afford to not invest in creating a workplace that meets the needs of all employees?
Contact me today. Let's work together.