Some managers think they can handle employees with disabilities on their own. That’s never a good idea.
Someone in HR should oversee every aspect of disability accommodations. Leaveout of it—other than requiring every manager and supervisor to report immediately potential disabilities to HR. Otherwise, things can go badly wrong, as they did in one recent case.
Recent case: Jesse, a graduate of MIT, worked as an engineer. He earned praise, raises and was generally a good employee.
However, he has bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and severe allergies. In combination, the conditions sometimes incapacitate him, rendering him unable to communicate for days on end.
When Jesse had an episode, he took a week off, using his vacation time. When he returned, he told his supervisor that he had the three conditions and that sometimes he became completely uncommunicative. He also said he might need more time off ...(register to read more)