Staying on at work
Getting support to help you to stay on at work
Help for people who need support
Lots of people want to stay on at work, even though their health is not so good and some aspects of being at work are getting harder. Being at work is good for you – it gives you friendships and a structure to your day, as well as the money you earn. These are all things that help keep us well.
The main tips from other people in these situations are:
- Check out the employment side, as there may be more flexibility and/or help than you realise.
- Check the options on help with travelling to and from work if this is relevant to you, since less hassle here makes being at work easier.
- Check out getting some help at home, as it will be easier to be at work if you have less stress getting ready in the mornings or have help when you are tired in the evenings. The rest of this website will be useful for you on this.
- Work out what you find difficult about being at work and doing your job. Try to be as specific as possible.
- Try to get some space to reflect on what you need, and not be tired. So try to take a few days’ holiday or a long weekend with fewer distractions at home.
- Start checking out what your rights are at work around ‘reasonable adjustment.’ We’ve suggested some good websites to get you started.
- Talk to your manager about what you find difficult and what could help you.
- Many workplaces also have Occupational Health services where staff have expertise on this topic.
- Find out more about matters such as flexible ways of working. The websites we’ve suggested have examples of what could be possible.
- Many charities for people with particular health conditions have good advice.
- It might also be worth looking at suggestions by and for people with similar symptoms too.
- Find out about ways to get support such as help at home or help to get ready in the mornings. Ask about care at home as this would cover all of this.
- You might find that you will have to pay towards any care services or other support you get because you have a higher income. But there may also be other sources of income to help you with the additional costs that are a consequence of you having health problems.
- There are ways of arranging support which give you a lot of flexibility. These are useful when you want to arrange support at times such as early morning or the evening.
- The websites we have suggested have advice on the employment rights for people who are carers.
- Think about what you help you manage all your roles and responsibilities – including being at work and looking out for someone you care about.
- Make a list. The tips we’ve suggested to people who need support for themselves will be useful for you too.
- People who care for someone else – and adult or a child – have the legal right to ask for flexible working. Talk to your manager if this will help you get more flexibility in your hours or what you do.
- Get advice on the money aspects of making changes at work, as you may have to take unpaid leave or reduce your pay. Once you know what the position would be you can work out what is right for you.
- You can also talk to people in the Occupational Health service. They will be thinking of your mental well-being and how this is important in enabling you to manage well at work.
Stories from other people in similar circumstances
Useful links to other sources of information
There is an interactive tool on the UK Government website to help you work out if you have the right to ask your boss for flexible working: https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working
Citizens Advice: www.adviceguide.org.uk
The TUC has a useful website with information about people’s rights at work: www.worksmart.org.uk
Health and Safety Executive has good advice to employers and for employees: www.hse.gov.uk/disability/guidance
Acas is the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. It aims to improve working life by helping people and their employers have better working relations. There is a section on the website about health, work and wellbeing. www.acas.org.uk Helpline: 08457 47 47 47
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