Managing Chronic Illness in the Workplace

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It’s a problem shared by millions of Americans. Experts, patients, and researchers offer ways to cope.

The NHC defines a chronic disease as an illness that lasts longer than three months. Most chronic illnesses cause some limitations to what a person can do on a daily basis, and they often require ongoing medical care. Chronic illnesses include conditions like arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, diabetes, asthma, migraine, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and many others.

Finding a job that accommodates your needs

Research bears out the importance of this: One 2008 study from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal found that individuals who worked saw significant benefits in recovery from mental illness compared to those who didn’t. The people in the study said that work gave them financial benefits, helped to increase their useful coping strategies, and provided additional social support. Additionally, a 2003 meta-analysis found that people who worked satisfying jobs also had better health outcomes, whether or not they were managing chronic illnesses.

Chronically Capable launched in October 2018, and Olson says they saw immediate interest; approximately 3,000 users have already uploaded resumes. Olson’s priority at the moment is finding remote jobs that offer flexibility, meaningful work, and an open-minded company culture. She works with employers before she puts their jobs on the Chronically Capable list to make sure the companies are ready to take on employees living with chronic conditions. This prep work includes briefing them on how to respond when an employee lets them know about a chronic illness, either during the interview process or later on.

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