Jodie has early-onset Parkinson’s disease and works from home one day a week in addition to a temporary reduced hours arrangement. Though medication helps control the symptoms, it can be tiring. Initially, he found stepping out of social gatherings a bit awkward, but his team really supported him. Avoiding an hour-long commute and having extra time to rest midweek has also had a surprising effect on his energy levels throughout the rest of the week. He has a demanding job, but with careful management and a little flexibility, he can work effectively despite his health condition.
When in doubt, speak to your manager and, if appropriate, your HR team about your situation – you’ll be surprised how accommodating businesses can be! Jodie Forbes, Director, EY London
This information first appeared on a LinkedIn post from EY.