Epilepsy Awareness Podcast

Epilepsy in the Workplace

Did you know that individuals with epilepsy are among those with the lowest employment rates within the disabled community?

In this episode, Andy and Alice are joined by MHR employee and epilepsy awareness advocate, Joe. They delve into debunking myths surrounding the condition and discuss actions managers can take to raise awareness.

According to the Office for National Statistics, only 34 percent of individuals identifying epilepsy as their primary health condition are employed. Disabled individuals are more than twice as likely to be unemployed compared to non-disabled individuals.


How Businesses Can Support Employees with Epilepsy

Businesses can play a crucial role in supporting employees with epilepsy by creating an inclusive and understanding workplace. This can be achieved through the following measures:

  • Education and Awareness: Educating employees about epilepsy, its symptoms, and the correct response to seizures can diminish stigma and foster a supportive environment. Awareness programs can also guide colleagues on how to assist coworkers during seizures while respecting their privacy and dignity.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Providing flexible working hours or the option to telecommute can help individuals with epilepsy manage their condition or recover from seizures with less stress. Such flexibility enables employees to effectively balance their health needs with their work responsibilities.
  • Safety Measures: Ensuring workplace safety is essential for employees with epilepsy. This includes conducting risk assessments to identify potential hazards, establishing emergency response protocols, and making necessary accommodations like ergonomic adjustments or designated safe areas.
  • Reasonable Accommodations: Working with employees to identify reasonable accommodations, such as modifications to workload, break times, or access to medical support, can help them succeed at work while managing their condition.
  • Supportive Culture: Fostering a culture of support and open communication allows employees to disclose their epilepsy and seek help when needed without fear of discrimination or backlash. Encouraging empathy and understanding among colleagues creates a sense of belonging and mutual respect.


By focusing on awareness, accommodation, and support, businesses can cultivate an inclusive environment where employees with epilepsy can excel professionally and manage their health condition effectively. Investing in the well-being of all employees not only benefits the individuals but also enhances the overall workplace culture.