5 tips for working full time with a disability.

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So it's 6am? I got an extra hour or so in bed, right? Unfortunately, not for me. The thing is, working full time whilst having a disability means I have to be literally up with the birds to get all my medication done before I head off to work.

Being disabled is such a life challenge which can be very draining physically and mentally. But you can work around that, I promise!

Here are some tips with working and your disability:

ROUTINE

A routine is so important. It may sound boring to stick to a routine but it's vital so you can keep on top of everything. I know my routine off by heart now, but if you're struggling, a planner is always a good thing to have nearby, also the alarm on your phone to remind you to do stuff is good too! When you get into that routine, things will seem a lot easier!

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Everything has their own limits in regards to working and having a life outside of work. But with someone with a disability, you have to REALLY know what you can and can't do in regards to what working hours you can handle. Maybe start off with a part time job and see how you do with working those hours, if you can work more, then hurrah! Also make sure your manager knows your limits too, this leads me on nicely to my next point...

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MAKE YOUR BOSS AWARE

Don't be that employee who is afraid of telling their boss how they feel in terms of your health. They need to keep you safe and would rather know how you are feeling rather than you keeping it to yourself and putting yourself at risk. Of course it's amazing to please your boss, but you got to think of yourself too. You need to make your manager aware of any medication that you will be carrying around with you in the workplace, not that it would be a problem, but like I said, make it known to your employer that there may be times you need to take medication during the working day.

DON'T FEEL PRESSURED TO TELL COLLEAGUES STRAIGHT AWAY

As long as your manager knows about your disability or health issues, then that's ok. Don't feel pressured to tell everyone in the work place. You don't need to fly a plane with a banner flying behind it telling the whole work place what's wrong with you. Tell them when you feel confident enough to. Even if it's just a work colleague you work closely with, then that's ok too.

DO YOUR RESEARCH OF THE COMPANY'S DISABILITY POLICY

The Equality Act was created in 2010 to stop companies from discriminating against people with physical and mental disabilities. See where your company stands in regards to employing disabled people. As an employee, check that your new work place is wiling to make adjustments if needed to so it suit your needs.


More importantly, be proud of yourself! The fact you want to carry on and live as normal life as possible despite your disability is a remarkable achievement in itself!


 
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Written by: Lucy

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