Having a long-term disability can prevent you from doing things you used to be able to or things that you would love to do.
However, it doesn’t necessarily have to stop you from having a career.
In this post, we offer 5 tips to hopefully make work actually work for you when you have a long-term disability.
1) Consider the type of work you are doing
When we are about to leave school or college, we seem to spend an eternity deciding what our dream job is and our route to getting there. Unfortunately, things happen and our dreams can’t always become reality. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up the chance of having great job satisfaction and a decent salary.
However, it is a fact that there are some types of work simply not suited to those who have specific disabilities. This is why we recommend researching the type of work you’d like to do and see whether it suits you and your needs first.
In fact, why not enquire within local companies about the possibility of doing a trial shift? This would be a fantastic way of discovering how it affects you and your health, both physical and mental.
2) Consider a part time position
When you are feeling ready to start work again or you are changing the type of work you do, it is easy to get carried away. The chances are that ‘normality’ once involved working full time, whether you enjoyed it or not. The tendency is to want to resume full time working, perhaps too soon.
Consider a part time position first. Your health ought to be your top priority and you will burn out quickly if you take on too much. It may be possible to have flexible working where you can do some of your tasks at home in your own time.
3) Ask for a risk assessment to be carried out
There may be areas of the work you’re doing, which pose danger for you and possibly others. Prior to starting a new job, and if circumstances change, ask your employer to carry out a risk assessment.
This not only helps them to identify potential problems, it also shows proactivity on your part: a characteristic deemed vital in many jobs. There may be modifications, which could make your life easier and the job more straightforward for you.
4) Seek advice from a professional
Many attorneys consider long-term disability as the reason behind many workplace incidents.
Discrimination can occur and, if you have gone through the proper channels, it is certainly worth seeking professional advice. Sometimes, claims on insurance can be denied for unfathomable reasons and, once again, getting help from those in the know is imperative.
5) Make friends
People often say that the workplace isn’t somewhere you ought to make friends.
However, this need not always be the case. In fact, if you need a little more support, friends will help you out.
Ensuring you have people you can call upon, for example, if something isn’t quite right or there is a task you are unable to complete, can help to alleviate any stress or worries you may have.