Working with Long COVID - Research evidence to inform support
This report examines the latest evidence and the experiences of employees experiencing long COVID, and offers recommendations for organisations on how to effectively support those with long COVID to return to, and stay in, work. In order to provide timely and appropriate support it is necessary to develop a deeper insight into the experience of long COVID in the workplace.
In this report, we integrate findings from three sources to understand long COVID and its impact on work:
- a review of the evidence on long COVID and its impact on work
- interviews with workers with long COVID
- a series of roundtables with HR
professionals and allied health professionals involved in the support and rehabilitation of people with long COVID.
We report on common experiences, highlight differences between perspectives where these arise and bring together recommendations shaped by those who are currently navigating work with long COVID and those supporting them. Long COVID shares characteristics with many other long-term health conditions, both in relation to the symptoms experienced and the impact on day-to-day activities. While this allows us to learn from the management of other long-term health conditions, there are some distinct considerations which are also examined in this report.
This report provides important evidence to help organisations understand more about long COVID as a long-term fluctuating health condition. It includes insights from individuals who have direct experience of the condition, as well as the views and learnings from HR
, health professionals and managers on the measures that can best support people to manage their symptoms and stay in work.
The key findings from the report will be translated into CIPD practical guidance and advice for HR
and line managers.