Work environments come in many forms — corporate offices, factory floors, production sets, the outdoors. So do triggers that might increase anxiety or depression in those battling a mental health condition. That’s why accomodation plans should be individualized for every job. Nothing cookie cuter or generic. This is about understanding your team, their needs, the issues that could arise in your environment, and how to sufficiently support people who are living with a mental condition.
What does a strong accommodations plan look like? In some cases, it can be as simple as adjusted hours, work from home flexibility, and alleviation from non-essential but stressful tasks, like answering phones or attending certain outings. In other cases, it involve allowing emotional support dogs into work, changing desk location, or providing isolated areas for anxious employees to decompress. At the end of the day, accommodations are meant to alleviate intense emotional responses so that people can do their job with greater ease and productivity.