5 ways employers can support employees who have a child with Long Covid

1 – Support Long Covid Kids to Shine a Light on Long Covid in Children and Young People

Advise managers and HR to access and read the new support guide – Shining a Light on Long Covid in Children and Young People. This has been produced by the charity Long Covid Kids with contribution from Kirsty Stanley – an Occupational Therapist who is also an associate of Long Covid Work. This provides an overview of how the condition affects well over 100,000 children in the UK.

2 – Support Flexibility

Support parents and guardians to work flexibly: including provision for paid time off to attend medical appointments with their children, flexible start times, work from home, carers leave/parental leave and careers leave/sabbatical options where available or necessary.

3 – Support Regular “Check-ins”

Provide regular opportunities to check in and see how they are doing. Show your employees you care about them as a whole person and check in regularly to see how they are managing and if there is any additional support you can offer.

4 – Support Access to Health and Well-being Services

If you have employee health insurance policies or well-being assistance programmes support your employee to access them, both for support for their child but also with their own mental health. Being a carer takes an emotional toll and taking care of an employee’s mental health supports their well-being and productivity at work.

5 – Support Local Schools

If you are a large employer, do consider sponsoring a local school to purchase air filters. Globally these have been demonstrated as one of the ways to reduce the likelihood of children contracting COVID-19 and going on to develop Long Covid. Additional research is taking place in the UK now. Help give all young people in your area the chance at a brighter future.

About Long Covid Work

If any of your employees are also experiencing Long Covid Long Covid Work is a multidisciplinary consultancy consisting of vocational professionals with Lived Experience of Long Covid. We can work with you to develop bespoke solutions that help you retain talent, maintain productivity and honour your duty of care to all employees.

Christmas Downtime

We hope you all have a restful few days and manage to spend it safely. The Long Covid Work Team is going off duty from today until Jan 3rd 2022 so we will not be responding to tweets or emails during this time. In January we will be sending out our first newsletter summarising what we’ve achieved so far and what we have planned.

We will be back in 2022 – still pushing for change in supporting people with Long Covid in respect to work.

VRA 2021 Special Recognition Award and the launch of “Long Covid Work”

As a group of people with Long Covid, who have been advocating for better work, employment and social security support, Long Covid Work (Long Covid Support Employment Group) are delighted to have been awarded a Special Recognition Award at the 2021 Vocational Rehabilitation Association awards.

As Long Covid Support becomes a charity, Long Covid Work becomes a consultancy.

From individuals who found each other online during a global pandemic, to advocates fighting for improved support at work, to award winners (despite working entirely from our sofas – and sometimes in a supine position!).

The 7th December 2021 now also sees us launch this website which celebrates the work the group has acheived together, provides guidance for employees experiencing Long Covid, and also promotes “Long Covid Work” as a consultancy of associates offering commercial vocational rehabilitation, education and training based on our expertise both by lived experience and professional background.

If you are an individual needing supporting with staying in, returning to or leaving work well please see our resources page and guide for employees. For employers, healthcare professionals or trade union representatives if you would like to work with us please contact us to discuss your needs.