Helping Employees Deal with Migraines

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, serious, recurring migraines can be classified as a disability, so it is important that employers make an effort to accommodate workers who suffer from these debilitating headache attacks. Unfortunately, individuals who have never experienced a migraine themselves may not understand just how severe these headaches can be. Migraine headaches generally consist of intense throbbing in one area of the head, and most sufferers will also have to deal with nausea, vomiting, and extreme light and sound sensitivity.

The length of these attacks varies, ranging from several hours to days depending on the situation. Even in mild cases, workers suffering from migraines will likely struggle to complete normal tasks and will need to be sent home. Because of this, the most common recommendation from doctors regarding migraine care is to practice preventative techniques. This means addressing common triggers that your employee may be faced with in the work environment.

Preventing Migraines

Many individuals who suffer from migraines will be able to recognize the signs of an oncoming attack hours or days in advance. These warning symptoms can include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Uncontrollable yawning
  • Seeing bright spots of flashes
  • Vision loss
  • Tingling arms or legs
  • Aphasia

Migraines can be triggered by a number of varying factors. Because of this, individuals who are prone to these attacks should consider keeping a journal in order to isolate their particular triggers and employ more effective prevention strategies. Some common triggers include:

  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine
  • Hunger
  • Glare from computer screen or florescent lighting
  • Strong smells
  • Loud noises
  • Stress

By creating an environment in which your employees can safely and comfortably work, you will increase productivity and satisfaction in your business.

Contact a WorkSTEPS Representative

If you want to learn more about the training seminars and prevention techniques we offer, give our Austin WorkSTEPS representatives a call today at (512) 617-4100.