Depression. Anxiety. Bipolar Disorder.
These and similar mental health diagnoses may affect your boss, the CEO of your company, the head of HR, your assistant, two of your peer workers, or maybe even you.
And their symptoms may also affect how well employees perform their jobs. Just as with physical disorders, mental disorders that rise to the level of qualifying as a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and similar state and local laws) require the employer to provide accommodations to allow the employee to perform essential job functions. This article explores some of the steps you should be taking as an employer of someone with a mental disability — and the first step is to start the process with patience. As a wise colleague of mine recently told me, “Patience is a weapon. Use it aggressively.” Continue reading this entry