Chances are, you know someone who is dealing with social anxiety—millions of Americans deal with it in their everyday lives. If you don’t personally know someone who is managing this common condition, you’re probably working with someone who is.
Before we continue on this topic, it should be noted that some mental health conditions qualify as disabilities and thus fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). In these situations, employers need to follow these regulations, including utilizing the interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations when necessary. (For more information on the types of reasonable accommodations that may be useful for employees with various types of mental illness, check out this article.)