As adults we're defined by our work, more so than by our social status, families, or surprisingly even wealth. Your work has an impact on society, achieves status, fame and even power depending on how far you're willing to reach or to exceed in expectations. However, staying in employment when you're also affected by a chronic neurological disorder is very, very hard.
Here a group of researchers have looked at 1016 MSers in Italy in order to figure out what determines whether they stay in employment or not. I hope the findings of from this research article will provide MSers with a competitive edge in their work.
Of the 1016 MSers, 756 (74%) were in current employment; mean age 40 (+/- 9.3) years; worked an average 18.8 (+/- 10) years, and for 9.4 (+/- 7.2) years with MS. 14.2 % worked part-time, 10.3% left work and 3.9% were fired due to MS. In 48%, the change of job/tasks led to a salary reduction of around 40%.
So what were the single individual variables that related to negative job maintenance (this is out of 59 variables!):
And, the variables related to positive job maintenance:
- Own attitudes toward work - feeling anxious, stressed, feeling overwhelmed, lack of motivation
- Environmental temperature
- Symptoms - fatigue and weakness
- Own attitudes toward work - optimistic, being motivated and interested in the work, being certain about your capabilities
- Social interaction
- Personal emotional resources
- Family's support and help with household tasks
- Attitudes to others in the work place - understanding employer and co-workers
- Workplace environment - seated work, adequate environmental temperature, possibility to set your own pace or intermittent breaks/rest, flexible work schedule, stable workgroup, accessible transportation/parking and work area
- Stable disease