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Ending the Stigma Around Disclosure

January 24, 2023

A recent study by Bupa found that almost half (43%) of employees with invisible or less visible disabilities have chosen not to disclose to their employer, the most prominent reasons cited being fear that they won’t be believed (23%) and fear that disclosure would act as a barrier to career advancement.   The most concerning finding of all, however, was the impact of masking on those who did not disclose, with 55% of the employees surveyed reporting showing up to work even when they did not feel well enough to perform their tasks and 23% giving false reasons for absences related to their disability.    Despite the strides made towards equity and inclusion for people with disabilities at work in recent years, these sobering statistics point towards a culture of presenteeism and stigma where a significant cohort of employees with disabilities that are not ... View Post