Can you imagine living with the knowledge that something as simple as meeting a friend for lunch could put you at risk for physical injury, triggering past trauma, or the humiliation of not making it to the bathroom? Any one of those events could prevent you from returning to work for the afternoon, which would cut into your income and damage your reputation as a valuable employee.
“Does this cane work with my outfit?”
I like to think of it as contributing to the overall evolution of my culture into one of inclusivity. It takes time, time I’m willing to invest up front, for people to adapt internal belief scheme to one of total inclusivity.
It’s legal,, awkward, and concerning. I worry my answer might label me a burden instead of an asset to the company. But on the other hand, accommodations can often be expensive, bulky, time consuming, or even compromise the integrity of a work process. Answering is a challenge when I can see the issue from both sides.
Dear reader (I hope you hear that in Lady Whistledown’s voice), your favorite blindfluencer is so glad to be back writing to you again. She asks that you exercise a creative hobby today, be it writing, art, Minecraft construction, woodcraft, or any number of other delightful pastimes.
Insecurity is apparently no match for “out of sight, out of mind.”
“What do I do with my service dog when I’m on stage?”
I know you are busy, and I know there are never enough hours in the day, but in this case, stop multitasking and stop rushing, sit down with your client and ask them questions to gather the info you need. Be polite, be specific, and be on target. This is not carte blanche to grill them, it is your opportunity to learn.
Confidence comes in a variety of surprising shapes.
Your favorite blindfluencer needs some self-care…