As an employee with a disability, you likely find barriers in many work environments. Despite that prevalence, some companies are working hard to create more inclusive, supportive environments for workers with disabilities.
There are a few key signs that your employer is more likely to support you without added conflict.
Offering disability education
When an employer embraces disability education and training, it reduces the stigma and misunderstandings. Not only that, but they are also more likely to have clearly posted policies that prohibit disability-based harassment and discriminatory behaviors.
Encouraging flexible work arrangements
Some employees with disabilities need accommodations. Those accommodations can include flexible schedules, remote work options or adjusted job duties. Employers providing customized support allow more workers to contribute their talents to the company. Even investing in screen-reader software or large-print monitors can make a big difference.
Fostering disability advocacy groups
An increasing number of employers embrace disability advocacy groups and encourage meetings and mentorship on campus. For workers with disabilities, this goes a long way toward helping them feel seen, understood and appreciated. If your employer is otherwise inclusive, you might find them receptive to welcoming advocacy groups as well. The support system can be a valuable resource.
A recent survey showed 76% of surveyed employees with a disability did not fully disclose their disability at work. Many of those who hold back might worry about workplace inclusivity. An inclusive environment does not happen by accident. Thoughtful policies and practices send the message that all employees, with and without disabilities, contribute value to the team.