Search on enumeration

I've got an object with string, numeric and enum values and I want the user to be able to search (in the search bar) on the enum value (it's kind of a status in a workflow, so searching on "Open" makes sense). But the 'connect attribute' dialog window only shows the string and numeric fields, not the enumerator. The advantage of an enum field above a number is that it shows a nice description without having to use a virtual field. So that's not the ideal solution. Neither is using redundant fields (the status to show and the status to search on). The ideal solution is being able to search on an enum-value. Isn't this possible?
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