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Flexible working options

With advances in modern technology and a growing appreciation of the need for employers to respect people's work/life balance, more people are adopting flexible working arrangements, including working from home.

If you have arthritis, joint pain or a related condition, one good option might be to work from home on one, or more, days each week. The feasibility of this will depend on whether you need to be in your workplace and whether you can have access to the necessary technology, such as a laptop.

Working from home for at least part of the week might be a good way to pace yourself and save energy. Benefits will include not needing to commute and being able to relax a bit more than if you were in your workplace.

If you do work from home, make sure that your workstation is set up correctly and that you have an ergonomic chair, a back rest and a foot rest, if you need them. Talk to your company's human resources (HR) department to see if there's any support, advice or help they can give you to make sure your home workstation is set up properly.

If you're working from home, while you'll want to do a good job and prove that working from home is a viable option for you, it's important to avoid the temptation to work longer hours to 'prove' this. This is a known pitfall for people who work from home.

Some people talk about a feeling of unease or even guilt for working at home, but this can be an extremely productive way of working as there can be fewer distractions.

If working part-time is a feasible option for you, this could allow you to continue working and manage your condition.

Talk to your line manager or HR department to find out what flexible working arrangements might be available to you.

If your condition is making certain key elements of your job difficult, you could ask your line manager or HR department if there are opportunities to train for a different role.

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