She began her career with Olympus working out of the company’s North American headquarters. Her working environment—a large, shared open-air area with many co-workers close by—would unfortunately prove to be detrimental to her condition.
It was clear that working in an open work area where she was breathing the same air as hundreds of co-workers posed health risks for Ericka.
Olympus introduced a new flexible work schedule policy that allows Ericka to work from her home office.
“I was so grateful when I was offered the opportunity to work from home,” Ericka said. “I can now be in my own environment without the risk of getting sick. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back working for a company that values its employees as much as Olympus does.”
After working from home for six months, it was time for one of Ericka’s routine PFTs. Her results were stunning—her lung function had increased to 74%, which is the highest it’s been in over 10 years.