Work and Migraines

Accommodation Ideas for People With Migraines at Work

Following are some specific areas in which an employer may be able to accommodate an employee who has migraines:
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • Smell/fragrance
  • Other accommodations.
Lighting Triggers
Accommodation ideas for lighting may include:
  • Adding fluorescent light filters to existing fluorescent lights to create a more natural lighting
  • Changing lighting completely
  • Providing an anti-glare filter for the employee's computer monitor
  • Providing the employee with a liquid crystal display monitor that has a better refresh rate
  • Moving the employee to a private area to allow for personal adjustment to appropriate lighting
  • Allowing the employee to wear sunglasses or anti-glare glasses in the work area
  • Allowing telework.
Noise Triggers
Accommodation ideas for noise may include:
  • Moving the employee to a more private area or away from high-traffic areas
  • Providing an environmental sound machine to help mask distracting sounds
  • Providing noise canceling headsets
  • Providing sound absorption panels
  • Encouraging coworkers to keep non-work-related conversation to a minimum.
Smell/Fragrance Triggers
Accommodation ideas for smells and scents may include:
  • Implementing a fragrance-free policy
  • Requesting that employees voluntarily refrain from wearing fragrances
  • Allowing telework
  • Moving the employee to an area where the fragrances are not as strong
  • Allowing a flexible schedule
  • Providing air purification systems.
Other accommodation ideas may include:
  • Providing flexible leave when the employee is experiencing a migraine
  • Allowing the employee to telework when the employee is experiencing a migraine
  • Not requiring the employee to attend after-hours social functions if he or she is affected by a disruption in sleep patterns
  • Providing the employee with a dark, private area to go to when experiencing a migraine.
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