Posted By Clod on April 23, 2012
Many people are reluctant to tell their employer or co-workers about their arthritis. They don?t want special treatment, or fear they will be denied opportunities.
However, if arthritis is obvious or interferes with your work, the best course may be to communicate about it. Many arthritis sufferers find that honesty is the best way to keep the lines of communication open. There is a chance that hidden discrimination will occur, so you need to evaluate your individual case.
If you decide to discuss your arthritis with your employer and co-workers, you should do so in an organized, professional way.
Plan how and when to do it.
Schedule a meeting with your supervisor when you both have plenty of time.
Come prepared with research on adaptations that could make your work more productive and offer suggestions.
Describe how arthritis may affect your work. Be clear that you wish to resolve the problem so everyone benefits. Be well informed about the ADA, assistive devices and resources to help employers (available from your local Arthritis Foundation chapter).
An informal talk with co-workers may be helpful.
Once they know you have arthritis, most employers and co-workers are sympathetic and happy to help.