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Mareike Decker / Carolin Fulda / Maisun Lange IW-Trends No. 4 24. November 2023 Working with Long COVID: Impacts and Options for Work Arrangements

A SARS-CoV-2 infection can have long-term health consequences, a phenomenon commonly known as Long COVID, which often affect individuals of working age.

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Impacts and Options for Work Arrangements
Mareike Decker / Carolin Fulda / Maisun Lange IW-Trends No. 4 24. November 2023

Working with Long COVID: Impacts and Options for Work Arrangements

German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

A SARS-CoV-2 infection can have long-term health consequences, a phenomenon commonly known as Long COVID, which often affect individuals of working age.

In addition to symptoms such as breathing difficulties and pain, Long COVID can also be associated with cognitive impairment, severe fatigue, and a worsening state of health after physical or mental exertion. As a result, many sufferers experience an impact on their work. A reduced ability to perform in the workplace results in sometimes long absences and requires adjustments to how work is carried out. With Long COVID manifesting itself in many different ways, such changes should not be schematic but designed to meet specific individual needs. A survey with 1,457 participants conducted in 2022 by the REHADAT project based at the German Economic Institute (IW) shows how Long COVID can affect working life and what forms of support and workplace adaptation are available to sufferers. The results confirm the importance of taking an individualised approach if vocational reintegration is to be successful and sustainable participation in working life achieved. For example, reducing the working week and greater flexibility with regard to the place of work and/or working hours have proved beneficial. Generally tried-andtested instruments such as company-based integration management and phased return to work can also be helpful. Due to the varying and episodic nature of Long COVID, however, it may be necessary to review and adjust such established procedures before implementing them.

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Impacts and Options for Work Arrangements
Mareike Decker / Carolin Fulda / Maisun Lange IW-Trends No. 4 24. November 2023

Working with Long COVID: Impacts and Options for Work Arrangements

German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

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Andrea Hammermann / Oliver Stettes IW-Report No. 62 10. December 2023

Office work in transition: Analysis of the working conditions of office workers

Office work has changed considerably over time and reflects both technical progress and the zeitgeist of the decades.

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Andrea Hammermann /Roschan Monsef / Oliver Stettes IW-Report No. 55 20. October 2023

KI and the Labor Market: An Analysis of Employment Effects

It has been about ten years since Frey and Osborne's study on the automation risks of occupations in the USA fuelled the debate on the end of work due to digitalisation worldwide. Since then, numerous scientific studies have been published to examine the ...

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