I’ll keep this really short. It’s a shot too close to the heart, and I feel that I need to speak out about this.
For companies who have candidates with “issues” (i.e. mental or mood disorders), instead of driving them away, adapt to their needs and enhance your company policies with a mental health policy. There are so many wasted energies not being able to sustain themselves financially.
It is also unprofessional to have someone sign a job offer sheet and make them do all the requirements you ask them to do, only to take back the job offer they signed upon finding out they go to therapy. This is discrimination. It further belittles the person, who needs to work and exercise their mind.
Such a pity that many of us (I live with bipolar disorder) have to go through such pains, only to be neglected and to be labeled as “useless” in the workforce.
You know what companies can do, aside from adding mental health policies to their existing company policy? If and when they have a candidate who is open about their mental health, instead of leading them on and making them do unnecessary work, just tell the candidate they’re not the one you’re looking for. Don’t wait one month before telling them that… after making them do medical tests and updating their data records in all the necessary government agencies.
I apologize for the personal post. I am very tired of this scenario I hear and see about every day. You’d think the corporate world has moved forward.