Once a physician confirms that you have lupus, your confidence level may take a dip. The standard questions that flood the mind are typically negative, e.g., “What can’t I do now?” or “What if my boss fires me because of it?” Hence, it’s not beyond belief if these thoughts encourage you to start being elusive at work and only speak with colleagues if need be.
Sarah Gluck, PhD, LCSW, wrote, “According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, “historically, society has tended to isolate and segregate individuals with disabilities, and, despite some improvements, such forms of discrimination against individuals with disabilities continue to be a serious and pervasive social problem.” There are laws in place to protect those individuals, to ensure that they will not lose opportunities based on factors outside of their control, factors that do not interfere with their ability to excel at the tasks for which they are hired. “
Remember that giving in to pessimistic ideas is like giving up on everything and everyone you love. It may not feel superb to announce in the office one day that you have an incurable disease, but that’s how you begin rebuilding your camaraderie with the people there.
After that big reveal, then you are ready to know the right ways to enhance your work relationship further.
- Handle One Project At A Time
The #1 factor that may lower your likeability on the job is your inability to complete your assignments on or before their deadlines. There’s an off-chance that you’ll need to halt the project, especially when you’re overly stressed due to multitasking and the illness is active. So to prevent begging your bosses each time for an extension, ask them to only give you a single task after the other.
- List Down YourDaily Agenda
Lupus is a chronic illness that can shorten your memory and alter your general brain function. It will be shameful, however, to say to your colleagues that you forgot to create a presentation or attend a meeting because of the disease. That may even result in them doubting the validity of your claims, especially when it happens often.
A simple fix to your poor recollection is jotting down everything you should be doing that day. Be as detailed as you have to be; color-code the tasks too if that makes them easier to remember. In this manner, you can manage one side effect of the illness, and your relationship with your workmates won’t suffer.
- Take A Break
Another thing you should never skip is to break time. When you are trying to meet a goal, you might tell yourself, “Nah, I’ll rest after my working hours.” But that is regularly a recipe for disaster as the activation of your lupus means you can’t be productive around the office for more or less a day.
Based on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), you are allowed to request for a comfortable area at work since the law considers lupus as a disability. It is incredible if your company can provide that because you’ll then be able to resume your tasks and stay out of your office buddies’ way.
“The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities,” wrote Patrick Corrigan, PsyD. “Reasonable accommodations are modifications in setting and operations in which work gets done so people with disabilities can complete their jobs competently.”
Having a great relationship with your colleagues isn’t impossible, primarily if you talk to them about it immediately. There may be folks who’ll either pity you or worry that you won’t be as effective at your position as before, but you can always set them straight through your sound outputs.
“Securing a workplace where everyone feels included requires that majority members too are reassured of their continued value for their contribution, and are respected for being who they are,” wrote Naomi Ellemers, PhD.
Hopefully, things are going to work out well for you in the office now. Cheers!