For 9 years Linda worked as a software architect in the telecoms industry designing and building call centres. The job involved a lengthy daily commute to work.Â
However in 2014 Linda was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a condition that affects the bodyâs collagen, creating joint issues and causing ligaments to tear easily.Â Commuting to work became emotionally difficult as well as painful and exhausting. Â
A change of lifestyle was required and Linda decided to move to the countryside.Â However this made the commute even trickier.Â With the country bus service quite unreliable, she turned to cycling but that just added to her stress – worrying all the time about what the weather would be like the next day.
Things improved for Linda when her employer have her the opportunity to work from home. Unfortunately though she was made redundant and started to become really worried about finding another role that would allow her to homework.
In March 2019, Linda came across SensÃ©e and applied for a work from home role on the Bupa account.Â When she heard her application was successful, she felt a weight removed from her shoulders. âNot having to stress about commuting has massively helped my physical and mental healthâ she explains. âand the support Iâve received from my Team Leader and colleagues has been outstanding. Iâve not felt pressured in any way and have never met two companies that are so good, and so understanding, when it comes to mental health.â
âFlexibility is key to why it works for me.Â While I work for 30 hours a week I canât work more than 4 hours at a time because of my joints aching.Â So Iâll typically work from 9 till 1, then have a break and work from 2.30 – 4.30.Â If I canât make a planned schedule then thereâs nearly always a colleague that can step in who is happy to do a shift swap.Â In the future Iâd like to move on to do some virtual floor walking duties and longer term to possibly get back into training, and maybe a Deputy Team Leader role.Â Itâs fantastic that such opportunities exist in a homeworking role.â