How to Talk to Your Employer about Your Kidney Disease

Work plays an important role in many people’s lives. Not only is a job a source of income, medical insurance and other benefits, but it can also be emotionally and socially rewarding. If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney disease you may wonder how that will impact your performance at work. Follow these steps for talking with your employer about your kidney disease.

Step 1: Talk to your doctor.

Your doctor can tell you how much time you might need off work, what sort of accommodations may make you feel more comfortable and any side effects that could affect your normal tasks at work. The more questions you ask and the more you come to understand kidney disease, the easier it may be to talk about it with your employer.

Step 2: Meet with your direct supervisor.

Once your doctor gives you an idea of what to expect during treatment, you’ll be better prepared to talk with your direct supervisor about your condition. Together, aim for a solution and find a balance that works well for you and for your job.

Step 3: Consult your Human Resources department.

You have rights as an employee with kidney disease. Your employer may be able to make accommodations that help you stay employed. Talk with your Human Resources department about any necessary paper work for situations such as short- or long-term disability and unpaid, job-protected leave.

Step 4: Speak with your social worker.

Once you start treatment, you’ll be put in contact with a social worker. Be sure to speak with them if you’re facing any issues at work because of your kidney disease. Your social worker can help you find solutions to problems if they arise.

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