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You’ve got this: Wanting to still work while unwell


Dr Froswa’ Booker-Drew answers your questions, putting her years of experience and practice into the goal of solving those knotty problems that beset us, and assuring us: ‘you’ve got this’. If you’d like Froswa’ to look at your particular problem, email it to

Dear Froswa

I’ve recently had a bad accident that has meant broken bones, an operation, and pretty well forced immobility for a while. But the biggest hurdle I’m facing is convincing my office to let me have enough work to do at home to keep me occupied. I was able to get some work done even while I was still in hospital. Now I’ve set up a little desk that overhangs my bed, and I can still type with one hand at the moment. I know myself better than anyone, and I know how important keeping my brain active will be for my recovery and just general wellbeing and mood. But they don’t get it, and are just sending me minimal things to do. I know they think they’re looking after me by doing this, but it’s having the opposite effect. How can I make them see, without appearing ungrateful. Or insane. KP

Dear KP

My advice is to let your team know that you appreciate them for their desire to help you.  You are grateful for their support and consideration.  Yet, I think you should inform them that not being active mentally and away from the camaraderie at the office is taking a toll on you.  You want to be involved not for the sake of work but as an opportunity to stimulate your mind and feel connected.

Not being a contributor is affecting both your mental and social well-being.  You are ready to work and if it becomes too much, you will let them know.  Inform them that you have your doctor’s permission to work from home and if or when it becomes too much for you to handle, you will definitely stop to take care of you! You. Got. This.

About Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew

Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew is a Partnership Broker. Relational Leadership Junkie. Connector. Author/Speaker/Trainer. Co-Founder, HERitage Giving Circle. She been quoted and profiled in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post and other media outlets around the world. In addition, she has been asked to speak on a variety of topics such as social capital and networking, leadership, diversity, and community development to national and international audiences. This included serving as a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power. One of the most impactful life events for her was being a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that followed a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India. Honors for her work include: Semi-finalist for the SMU TEDx in 2012, 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross. Graduating with a PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change, she also attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley for training in Relational Cultural Theory and completed facilitator training on Immunity to Change. She has also completed training through UNICEF on Equity Based Evaluations, and is the author of 2 workbooks for women, Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life and Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last as well as a writer for several publications around the globe. WFAA Attention Series: Froswa Booker Drew on Vimeo

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