Potential increase in disability leave, presenteeism, as well as recruitment and retention issues.
For some people, COVID 19 can cause symptoms that last months or even years after the original infection, this is called LONG COVID
Studies suggest that long covid affects between 10 to 30 percent of infected people.
In the U.S. alone it will strike up to 43 million workers or more than 13 percent of the adult population.
Symptoms can include severe fatigue, brain fog, gastrointenstinal issues and problems with breathing. Additional symptoms can also arise.
The effect of these symptoms can sometimes be unpredictable. At one moment the person can seem well, at another, their symptoms can be significant and even disabling.
As a result of all of these factors, there are worries that Long Covid could cripple the workforce, forcing the early retirement of key people, an increase in disability leave, recruitment and retention issues, presenteeism and much more.
However, there are ways to deal with Long Covid in the workplace.
Long COVID is a chronic illness. By dealing with chronic illness in the workplace we can mitigate its effects.
You see, Long Covid is essentially a chronic Illness, and its effects on work are much the same as diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, mental health issues and many others.
In fact, before Long Covid even existed, Chronic illness already affected more than 25% of the workforce.
If we know how to deal with chronic illness, we can deal with Long Covid.
Battling chronic illness doesn’t preclude high performance. I was able to succeed in the competitive industry of national television news despite living with both Crohn’s disease and arthritis. I also effectively managed teams with many members who had similar challenges.
Now, I talk to organizations across the world, educating their managers and employees about how we can embrace chronic illness and invisible disabilities in the workplace.
Whether it’s better communication, creative accommodations or even handling those difficult conversations, I can show YOUR organization how to better manage Long Covid, invisible disabilities and even caregiver issues.
For more information contact me here. I’m easy to work with and usually respond in less than 24-hours.