Remote Work Isn’t The Future: It’s The NOW
This past week, the internet has been flooded with news surrounding remote work, as employers are flocking to adapt and train their employees to work from home. It’s funny to me that it took a global crisis for businesses to realize that it’s not expensive nor difficult to allow their employees to work remotely.
Remote work is something I’m more than familiar with. In 2018, I was forced to leave my dream job as my treatment for Lyme disease required me to be on an IV for 6 hours a day, which was not compatible with a traditional 9-5. Although my mind and ambition were perfectly intact, the disease prevented me from physically working in an office. I began to worry that there was no place for someone like me in the American workforce. It was not designed for people who suffer from illness or disability.
I saw a huge flaw in our system here. Why was I, someone incredibly capable of contributing to the workforce, unable to be accommodated based on an illness I could not control? I never asked to be chronically ill.
I soon learned I was not alone. Half of the U.S. population will be living with at least one chronic condition by the end of 2020, according to Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. Today, that figure stands at 133 million Americans, reports the National Health Council.
We founded Chronically Capable last year, working to connect chronically ill individuals to flexible work opportunities. Our team works remotely 365 days a year, and promotes the remote work culture on a daily basis.
Many companies are not currently taking advantage of the benefits of hiring chronically ill persons, as employers are concerned about the costs of accommodating, when in reality, these are minimal and fruitful investments. As we make more companies aware of the potential gains and elevate their success stories, we can quickly get more individuals with illnesses and disabilities into the workplace, where they can thrive.
Since COVID-19 struck America, businesses across the nation are finally beginning to understand the concept of remote work. My hope is that employers will see that if they are able to accomodate “healthy” employees during a global health emergency, they are more than able to entertain remote work schedules for chronically ill individuals 365 days a year.
I encourage business leaders to reach out to me, to voice their concerns, and I promise you, I will ease them. Let’s work to make the world a more inclusive place.
Empathy is something that I believe is truly lacking in today’s society. “It’s gotten harder to empathize; that’s why it’s so important we work at it. Luckily, we can.” says Jamil Zaki in this UC Berkley article, 'In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy'. The article discusses the hard truths surrounding empathy, supported by real-life examples and proven facts about how it can help us all.
I will never forget November 19th, 2019. My new rheumatologist broke the news this way: “I bet you have been told your entire life that your weight was the cause of your back pain. I want you to know it wasn’t, although weight loss can certainly help. We see the damage, and you were right - you have Ankylosing Spondylitis.”
As the weather heats up and we feel the urge to travel, I want to share some tips that have helped me keep my anxiety at bay while away from home. Many mental health illnesses flare up when we are away from home because we are naturally out of our comfort zone.
I knew I was an actor before I knew I was Autistic. I started acting at 11 years old, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 22.
There are many misconceptions about the lives of those of us who live with CP. I hope to help someone who may be living, loving, or just learning about Cerebral Palsy.
While many of us know the benefits of closed captions, many Zoom users still have not enabled closed captions. While this used to only be offer to 'paid' Zoom accounts, the company announced earlier this year that closed captions would be available to all Zoom users, regardless of plan type.
The following events are offered free to our community. We built Chronically Capable to be accessible for everyone, but we know that accessibility is an ongoing process. All events will be virtual and include Live Closed Captions for all attendees.
At Chronically Capable, we’ve always been committed to creating equal opportunities for the chronic illness and disability community to find and retain meaningful work. That’s why we are proud to not only support NDEAM 2021, but to offer events and resources for both job seekers and employers to join us in our efforts to create a more inclusive workplace for all.
Interviews are stressful for everyone! We all get the pre-interview jitters and second guess ourselves. Being prepared is key! We hope the below tips will equip you to ace your next interview and can provide you with a fresh sense of hope.