How will MS affect my work?
One of the challenges for people with MS is the variability and unpredictability of the condition. No one knows at diagnosis what course their MS will take.
On receiving a diagnosis of MS, family, friends and even health professionals might give advice to stop working. This could be because they do not understand the nature of MS or because they want to protect you from stress.
Telling your employer that you have MS
You are currently not required to tell your employer about your condition unless there are specific health and safety risks, you are in specific types of employment, or your employment contract requires that you do so. However adjustments cannot be made unless an employer has been told and early disclosure can be vital if effective and optimal support is to be organised.
What adjustments can be made at work?
Under the Equality Act employers have a duty to consider making 'reasonable adjustments' to make sure you are not put at substantial disadvantage by employment arrangements or physical features of the workplace.
How do I balance work and life?
The government has been promoting good practice in balancing work and home life and a study found that 91% of employers agreed that people work best when they can balance their work and other aspects of their lives.
Support at work
Taking an active role in managing your MS and understanding how changes to your working practices could make a positive difference means working in partnership with your health professionals and employer to find the most effective solutions. There are many individuals and organisations who can work with you to achieve this.