Keeping a Job


What are the typical supports a person with a psychiatric disability would need to keep a job?

The “employee” may need supports to help with job retention in a new job or after being in the job for a while. Post employment supports might include:

  • Problem-solving difficult situations or changes in the work environment or the job itself
  • Resolving conflicts with supervisors or coworkers
  • Learning how to set limits
  • Learning how to understand the demands of the work environment
  • Ensuring the employee has the necessary treatment supports according to his/her particular needs
  • Ensuring the employee can manage finances, get taxes done, save money when possible
  • Having good accommodations when needed

Some of these supports are directly related to job retention, others are indirectly related to job retention but all are important.

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