What is Sickle cell disease?
Sickle cell can be a debilitating condition that can have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life. It largely affects people from ethnic minority groups, particularly people of African and Caribbean heritage. Many of the signs of sickle cell are invisible, such as chronic pain, intense fatigue or long-term organ damage. This is due to the complex nature of the disease, one person can have a mild version, whilst another person’s condition will be marked with regular crises, experiencing frequent stays at the hospital.
Wells Tobias Legal Director, Heather Lawson was keen to participate in the recent Sickle Cell Work & Employment policy initiative aimed at educating organisations and guiding them on how to reasonably adjust and support individuals in the workplace. They presented illuminating insight into the life of sickle cell sufferers and the workplace. They found that:
Employers were generally good at making simple, reasonable adjustments, such as ensuring the workplace was adequately heated, regular toilet breaks and access to water. Other adjustments included allocated parking spaces, flexible policies around rush hour commute times as well as provisions to work from home.
Racism – precautionary and preventive physical and mental health work was self-management and/or impairment management. This was often misunderstood and resulted in racially charged reactions. People reported these reactions came from the view that black people are lazy.
Encouraging awareness of sickle cell is set to be the basis of one of our forthcoming live events for HR, held at our central London venue, keep an eye open for more news on that as we move into the Autumn.
For more info, contact Heather lawson: firstname.lastname@example.org