Finding work-life balance can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to thrive in your career while managing a chronic illness can present some extra hurdles. As Labor Day approaches, it’s a good time to reassess how we’re balancing our own health needs with those of our jobs. Read on for our strategies.
#1: Know Your Legal Rights
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against qualified employees with disabilities. Essentially, if you perform the essential functions of the position, with or without accommodation, you cannot be punished for having a disability.
Employers also cannot ask specifically if you are disabled or about the severity of your disability. They can require a medical examination once a job has been offered (but not as part of the application process), but only if every person offered the position is required to take it.
For more information and resources, visit the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission’s ADA page.
#2: Be Honest With Yourself About Your Needs and Abilities
Part of working with your employer to build and maintain a positive relationship is knowing what your own needs and abilities are. You’re legally entitled to reasonable accommodations from your employer to do your job (as long as the employer can’t prove it’s an undue hardship on the business to provide), so think about what that means for your specific situation.
Do you need more frequent bathroom breaks? Do you need a flexible schedule to make doctors’ appointments? What about modified equipment?
Knowing what will help you to do your job to the best of your ability will help both you and your employer.
#3: Don’t Sacrifice Your Health
The old adage, “if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything” still rings true. If you’re not trying to avoid flare-up triggers, keeping your doctors’ appointments, and taking your medications, you’re not going to be able to do your best at your job. Make sure you’re putting yourself and your health first — it’ll help your career too.
IV Treatments on Your Schedule at IVX Health
We understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at any of our convenient locations.
At IVX Health, you’ll enjoy both the warmth of a spa and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can even bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline.
If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.