Working with Long COVID - Guide for colleagues to support those with long COVID
An estimated 1.3 million people were experiencing long COVID as at January 2022. Some have ongoing symptoms that are serious enough to prevent them from working. Many feel able to do some work but say they experience barriers that prevent them from returning to work, or working well. As a new, potentially serious, health condition, many people with long COVID face a period of great uncertainty as they wait for confirmation of a diagnosis and an effective management plan.
Having a long-term health condition such as long COVID can have a big impact on how someone feels about being able to return to work, and their ability to stay in work. This impact can be lessened when they have support and understanding from their employer and their work colleagues.
This guide is designed to help colleagues support other employees with long COVID return to and stay in work. It has been developed by Affinity Health at Work, the University of Sheffield and the CIPD, and outlines practical recommendations developed from the CIPD Working with long COVID research. It draws on evidence and research with returning workers, line managers, occupational health, employment advisers, and rehabilitation professionals as well as HR
professionals and the Long Covid Support group.