The CHRODIS+ Workbox on Employment and Chronic Conditions supports EU member states and their workplaces in creating working conditions that foster wellbeing, health, and work ability, prevent the development of chronic diseases, and help individuals with chronic health problems to continue working. It brings benefits for employees and employers, as well as the entire society.  Altogether 18 partners from 11 EU countries worked together to develop and pilot the CHRODIS+ Workbox, which consists of two tools: the Training Tool for Managers and the Toolkit for Workplaces.

The Training Tool

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FOR MANAGERS ON INCLUSIVENESS AND WORK ABILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS

The Training Tool is directed to managers of all kinds of workplaces. It aims to raise managers’ awareness on the benefits of inclusion and good management of employees with or at risk of chronic health problems at the workplace. It also provides information on and tools for measuring and strengthening the inclusion and work ability of employees with chronic conditions. The information and tools included in the Training Tool consider human functioning, personal capabilities, and commonalities of chronic diseases, and they help ensuring that the work environment is a facilitator, not a barrier to better inclusion and work ability of all employees.

the toolkit

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FOR WORKPLACES – FOSTERING EMPLOYEES’ WELLBEING, HEALTH, AND WORK PARTICIPATION

The Toolkit collects concrete, evidence-based, and practically proven means through which workplaces can support the wellbeing and health, and enhance the work participation of all employees, regardless of their work ability and health status. In addition, the means included in the Toolkit aid to prevent chronic health problems. The Toolkit serves both as a checklist and as an idea generator, and facilitates taking concrete and feasible actions towards a health-supporting workplace.

key recommendations for policy makers

  • Raise awareness of how investing in the wellbeing, health, work ability, and inclusion of all employees benefits not only employees, but also employers and the whole society.
  • Promote inclusion and good management of employees with or at risk of chronic conditions as well as promote workplace inclusiveness for all.
  • Promote the wellbeing, health, and work participation of all employees.
  • Create legislative frameworks to improve the employment of individuals with chronic diseases.

Project leaders and partners

Matilde Leonardi | Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Italy

Jaana Lindström | Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

“One in five people of working age have a chronic illness. Therefore, the topic of chronic diseases in the work setting cannot be overlooked. To combat discrimination against them, workplaces need to adapt to accommodate the needs of workers with chronic diseases.
Our mission is to improve:

  • work access and the participation of people with chronic diseases,
  • to support employers in implementing health promotion and chronic disease prevention activities in the workplace, and
  • to reinforce decision-makers’ abilities to create policies that improve the access, reintegration, maintenance and retention of people with chronic diseases.”

MATILDE LEONARDI
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Italy
([email protected])

JAANA LINDSTRÖM
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
([email protected])

top events of the past

EU POLICY DIALOGUE ON EMPLOYMENT AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Brussels, 2019
EU POLICY DIALOGUE ON EMPLOYMENT AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Brussels, 2019
EMPLOYMENT IN THE MULTI-MORBIDITY CARE MODEL FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Rome, 2019
EMPLOYMENT IN THE MULTI-MORBIDITY CARE MODEL FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Rome, 2019
EXPERT MEETING – EMPLOYMENT AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Brussels, 2018
EXPERT MEETING – EMPLOYMENT AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS, Brussels, 2018
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