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Embracing Inclusivity: Reflecting on Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace


With our recent Inclusion, Diversity and Equity training, I reflected on my own personal jou...

With our recent Inclusion, Diversity and Equity training, I reflected on my own personal journey at Kinetica and the importance of raising awareness of invisible disabilities. 

Acknowledging invisible disabilities is crucial within the work environment, because it promotes understanding and empathy towards conditions that may not be immediately apparent; fostering inclusivity and support for those affected. You don’t always know what is going on with those around you and it’s important to be aware that people can be affected by non-visible illnesses and conditions; which can greatly affect their lives. 
So, what is an invisible disability?

It is a physical, mental, or neurological condition that is not immediately visible or apparent, yet limits or challenges a person’s movement, senses, or activities. There are many types of invisible disabilities including:

 -         ADHD                   - Depression           - Lupus
 -         Anxiety                 - Diabetes               - Migraine
 -         Autism                  - Endometriosis      - Schizophrenia
-          Bipolar Disorder  - IBS 
From a personal perspective, I’ve suffered from migraines since being a teenager and for many years, dealt with not only the pain, but also letting those around me down. I have faced judgement from those that don’t understand and the stigma for taking sick leave for something that some people view as “just a headache”. 

Over the years, I’ve tried to minimise my migraines as much as possible by cutting out caffeine, always ensuring I get 8-9 hours’ sleep, taking daily medication and trying to manage stress. However, the demanding nature of recruitment can be extremely challenging to manage, as there are huge highs and lows; which directly effects your stress levels. Thankfully, Kinetica's flexible working policy has had a significant impact on my day to day working environment, as being based remotely has given me the ability to manage my own time and therefore take more control over my migraines. 
At Kinetica, we understand that anyone who has worked in recruitment is self-motivated and driven. We don’t waste time micromanaging and understand that each recruiter is different. We let you be you! All our staff work fully remote or hybrid allowing them the ability to manage their own time and create their own success story.
If you are interested in working for Kinetica, please contact our TA Emma West:

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