Coaching Employees with Chronic Health Conditions to Support Career Success
Original Air Date: August 22, 2017
Presenters: Joy Beatty, PhD; Alyssa McGonagle, PhD; and Rosalind Joffe, M.Ed.
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Due to improvements in disease management, environmental factors, and an aging population, more employees than ever are working while living with some kind of debilitating chronic health condition. Continuing to work is considered beneficial because it helps maintain structure and normalcy. However, these employees often face an array of challenges that include but aren't limited to: taking care of their health needs while keeping their jobs, getting the "workarounds" they need to manage symptoms, communicating around their limitations, and planning for long-term career objectives. This webinar's presenters developed and tested a coaching intervention designed to help employees effectively manage chronic illnesses in the workplace, and their results show that coaching offers sustained benefits for this population to improve personal resilience and to reduce burnout. During this webinar, the presenters share their findings from this study, as well as advice from a practicing coach on ways to support these employees.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
understand the challenges of working with chronic health conditions and why common organizational policies fall short in addressing needs.
outline the typical issues that clients living with chronic health conditions may experience.
identify a short-term coaching framework that has been empirically shown to be effective for this population.
summarize the special considerations of coaching this population.
About the Presenters
Dr. Joy Beatty is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and she received her doctorate in Organization Studies from Boston College in 2004. Her research area is chronic illness and disability in the workplace, with publications in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Employee Rights and Responsibilities. She is especially interested in issues of stigma and disclosure of hidden health conditions.
Dr. Alyssa McGonagle is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She completed a Ph.D. in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) with an emphasis in Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2011. She was also an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University from 2011-2016. Dr. McGonagle’s research broadly focuses on workers’ health, safety, and well-being. She currently has a particular interest in developing and evaluating interventions to promote well-being, work ability, and quality of working life for workers with potentially disabling chronic health conditions. Dr. McGonagle has received funding for her research from the Institute of Coaching, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the SIOP Foundation. She has published her research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology, among others. She is on the editorial boards of Stress and Health, Occupational Health Science, and the Journal of Business and Psychology.
Rosalind Joffe, founder and principal of the coaching firm ciCoach, holds an M.Ed. Boston University, is ICF accredited and is a Medical Coach Institute and Focusing practitioner. Building on her own experience in living with chronic illnesses for almost 40 years, Rosalind has coached hundreds of individuals to improve their quality of life while living with difficult health. Rosalind brings her coaching expertise to the intersection of work and health/illness. She is a co-author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! (Demos Health) and also publishes a blog, Working with Chronic Illness.