Self-disclosure in the Workplace Report
The purpose of this research was to explore how employees could be encouraged to self-disclose information related to disabilities at work, and to understand what organisations can do to foster an environment that supports self-disclosure. The findings are based on semi-structured interviews conducted with representatives from six organisations across a variety of sectors collectively employing over 45,000 employees. A free, simple toolkit provides resources to support HR in the implementation of better practices of self-disclosure in the workplace.
What is self-disclosure and why is it important?
Research shows that people perform better when they can be themselves at work. Individuals with hidden disabilities often fear that revealing a disability at work – whether mental, emotional or physical – may result in them being judged, discriminated against or treated differently by management and their peers. Therefore it is important that organisations create inclusive working environments where people feel comfortable to disclose. It ensures employers are better placed to respond effectively which leads to more positive outcomes for all involved.