1 HIV/AIDS . care and Support in the Workplace Employers' Handbook on Managing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Book Thailand Business Coalition on aids (TBCA). Employers' Confederation of Thailand (ECOT). International Labour Office (ILO). Supported by Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). HIV/AIDS . care and Support in the Workplace Thailand Business Coalition on aids (TBCA). Employers' Confederation of Thailand (ECOT). International Labour Office (ILO). Supported by Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Copyright c International Labour Organization 2003. First published 2003. Publications of the International Labour Office enjoy copyright under Protocol 2 of the Universal Copyright Convention.
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6 care and Support in the Workplace HIV/AIDS care and Support in the Workplace 1. Providing Workplace care and Support helps to ensure that employees with HIV/AIDS remain healthy and productive at work. In addition, care and Support programmes can boost workforce morale by showing that the company is truly concerned about the health and well-being of its employees. Costs need not be high. Many companies have their own health services in place which can, with a little training, offer counselling and care in relation to HIV/AIDS . Costs can be further reduced by collaborating with community health centres, hospitals and specialized NGOs, including self-help groups of people with HIV/AIDS .
7 Booklet 4, care and Support Contacts, provides contact information for many of these organizations. Depending on your company's needs, a care and Support programme could include the following: - Creating a supportive Workplace environment, where discrimination is not tolerated and where working conditions are flexible enough to allow workers with HIV/AIDS to remain employed and productive;. - Referral to clinics providing voluntary, confidential counselling and testing;. - Treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (which in turn reduces the risk of HIV infection);. - Prophylaxis and treatment for opportunistic infections related to HIV/AIDS .
8 - Antiretroviral therapy to help people with HIV/AIDS to stay healthy. (This should only be provided if the company knows it can be maintained in the long term.); and - Employee and family assistance programmes. One person within the human resources department or management team should be assigned as a focal point for addressing the Workplace needs of employees with HIV/AIDS . HIV/AIDS care and Support 2 in the Workplace 1. Workplace care and Support Changes to work duties and conditions Every individual's needs for Workplace care and All employees with HIV/AIDS will at some point Support are different. The following guidelines and need some appropriate changes to their work principles should help in deciding what care and duties and conditions in order that they can keep Support to provide: working productively.
9 Depending on the needs of the HIV-positive employee and the company, the 1. Listen to the employee. Negotiate care and following could be considered as part of the care Support with them and do not dictate! and Support package: 2. Do not treat employees with HIV/AIDS . differently from other employees with a serious Flexibility in the work schedule, including time illness or condition, in terms of employment off for healthcare/counselling appointments;. and promotion, medical benefits and changes Reassigning the employee to a less stressful to their work duties and conditions; position, with tasks that suit their changing 3. Create an open, supportive atmosphere capabilities.
10 Between employees and management; Providing short-term and/or long-term leave 4. Ensure that care and Support do not draw with full or partial pay;. attention to the employee with HIV/AIDS and Creating more part-time positions;. lead to resentment or abuse from co-workers; Moving from commission-based to 5. Hold HIV-positive employees accountable for compensatory salary; and their assigned work duties. Do not lower your Allowing employees to work from home. professional expectations just because the employee is HIV-positive. Providing care and Employee and family assistance Support does not mean having to employ unproductive staff; An employee with HIV/AIDS will have many 6.