Most of the clients I see are struggling with workability in some way. They regularly need days off work, due to a fluctuating condition or a build up of fatigue, or are struggling to keep up with work and being monitored under a performance or capability procedure. Some arrive at my door anticipating a disciplinary procedure or job loss.
It is my opinion that my patients are all experts in themselves – after all, we are all unique and respond to our health and environment differently.
Below is a checklist of things you can do to ensure you are getting the best support possible:
- Be aware of your health, finances, relationships at home and at work;
- Talk to professionals before things get on top of you; they prefer to help you to prevent problems rather than have to start fixing them;
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Colleagues / Line manager / HR
- GP / Practice Nurse
- Specialist Nurse if you are under the care of a hospital consultant
- Assess your own workability score, to identify the main issues affecting your ability to work;
- Improve your knowledge and understanding of your condition through reputable sites:
- Find support from other people suffering from your condition:
- Make the most of your Occupational Health assessment – we are here to help you.