Easing the pain for arthritic employees

People may hide their condition, but various types of accommodation can help
By Douglas Emerson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

David West was well-established as a senior executive at Mercer in Toronto when his arthritis became severe, threatening to derail his career.

“I worked through the pain for more than two years,” he says. “I couldn’t function at my usual standard but I was afraid if I stopped working, I’d never come back.”

West was fortunate — his colleagues recognized he was dealing with a crippling condition so they worked to accommodate him while he found a course of treatment and lifestyle changes that now keep his arthritis in check.