Long-term illness: guidance for managers from Ben

In the UK around 15% of the working-age population have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are health problems that can’t be cured, but can be controlled by medication or other therapies. Examples can include arthritis, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.

Although chronic illness may not necessarily by caused – or made worse – by work, poor management may have a negative impact on the individual’s health and work. By supporting employees with long-term illness, a manager can help to minimise loss of skills, encourage productivity and job retention, and help an individual maintain quality of life.

Find out how to support employees with long-term conditions
Download the Ben Physical health leaflet

Resources for managers
Promoting good physical well-being in the workplace: click here
How to support a colleague diagnosed with cancer: click here

Resources for employees
Living with chronic illness: click here
Coping with cancer: click here
Maintaining your physical health: click here
Other physical health advice and information: click here

To display online or in the office
Posters on physical health: click here
Leaflet on physical health and well-being support: click here
Pete’s story: We helped Pete boost his confidence – click here
Rosie’s story: We helped Rosie create a safe space for her son – click here

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