Health isn’t one-size-fits-all. We can’t all hit the genetic jackpot and have perfect teeth, a flat stomach, and zero seasonal allergies (but how nice does that sound?).
There are people who were either born with or developed something called an Invisible Illness. While there are countless examples, a few Invisible Illnesses (also referred to as Disabilities) you may have run into include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Chronic Migraine, PTSD, Lyme’s Disease, Autism, Endometriosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, and Lupus. You may not even know if an employee is living with cancer, since they have no legal obligation to disclose this to you.
Why might an employee not disclose something that affects their daily life?
Of all people who suffer from an invisible illness, 60% of them fall within the working age range of 18-64.1 This means that employers need to step up their game when it comes to making reasonable accommodations for employees to thrive.
As an employer, you want to do everything possible to create a culture of acceptance and wellness. Positioning yourself and your company as empathetic, flexible, and caring goes a long way in employee satisfaction and retention.