What should I tell people at work?
When applying for a job, you do not have to disclose your condition, and
the prospective employer cannot ask you about any health conditions or
sickness absence you may have had.
If you require a medical examination or questionnaire upon being offered
a job, the offer will be withdrawn only if they can prove you won’t
be able to do your work after reasonable adjustments are implemented.6
If you decide to tell your current employer about your psoriasis, they
must follow the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 and implement reasonable
adjustments to help you manage your condition at work.6
The decision to tell your managers and colleagues about your psoriasis
is entirely your own. You may not wish to if your psoriasis is well-controlled,
but if your flare-ups are frequent, severe and / or visible, it may be
useful to do so to avoid misunderstandings, address social concerns and
stigma, and enable reasonable adjustments to support you.7
The National Psoriasis Foundation offer various tips to cope with psoriasis
at work;7 communication is key, so managers and co-workers understand
your condition and so adjustments can be made. Think carefully about when
to discuss your psoriasis and research beforehand, so you can suggest changes
that could be made to help you become more productive.
If you meet with your manager when neither of you are under pressure,
you may feel more comfortable and they may be more receptive. Describe simply and plainly your symptoms and frame the discussion in terms of how reasonable adjustments such as assistive devices or scheduled skin care routines will not only benefit you, but your colleagues and the company, through increased wellbeing and productivity.7
If your colleagues understand your condition and how it affects you, they
may be more accepting when your psoriasis interferes with your ability
to work. If you feel like work is too difficult, try to help people understand that pushing through the pain may trigger exhaustion and stress, worsening your psoriasis and your productivity in the long-term.