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Research Summary: Functional Limitations and Worrying to Lose Employment Among Individuals with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities During COVID-19

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The study examined whether functional limitations significantly correlated with job loss worry during COVID-19. Researchers examined three factors regarding employees with disabilities: namely demographic factors, COVID-19 stress, and functional limitations.

Key Findings

  • Demographic factors were not significantly associated with job loss worry.
  • Both COVID-19 and function limitations were significantly correlated with job loss worry.
  • Functional limitations restricted healthcare, transportation, delivery of food, medications, and personal care support.
  • Requesting on-the-job accommodations while telecommuting was reported to further increase job-loss related worry.
  • Only 39% of employees with disabilities disclose their disability to their managers.
  • Just 21% of the same population discloses to human resources teams.
  • Employees who disclose their disability at work are more than twice as likely to feel happy and content at work.
  • Workers who disclose their disabilities are less likely to regularly feel nervous, anxious, or isolated.

Putting It Into Practice

Employers should pay attention to a number of aspects of post-pandemic living to revitalize their employees, both with and without disabilities, and the global workforce as a whole.

  • Understand how COVID-19 impacts transportation, medical care, and food security for employees with functional limitations.
  • Both the employer and the employees should take advantage of telecommuting capabilities long after the pandemic is over.
  • Telecommuting provides a safer work environment and social engagement alternative for everyone, but especially for employees with disabilities and chronic conditions.

Source

Source: Umucu, E. (2021, January 29). Functional limitations and worry to lose employment among individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities during covid-19: A hierarchical logistic regression model. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54, 25-32.

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