A woman in her 50s sustained an on-the-job injury that exacerbated some pre-existing medical conditions. The injury resulted in a workers’ compensation claim. However, the employer had already embraced a stay-at-work philosophy, which resulted in the prevention of disability-related absences, the reduction of associated costs and the employee’s ability to focus on her job, not her injury.
Jason Dennis worked with The Standard as Workplace Possibilities Consultant from 2010 to 2012. During his time with The Standard, he managed client ergonomics programs to ensure the health, well being and productivity for employees in an effort to prevent disability-related absences.
Jason has spent the last 13 years as a disability management consultant and holds a Master of Science degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Additionally, he is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a senior professional in human resources.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys yoga, Vietnamese cooking, diving in exotic locales or playing tourist with his wife in his home city of Seattle. Jason also is a huge baseball fan and loves to watch the Mariners win at Safeco Field.
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When it comes to managing your workforce, employers must be more proactive. By shifting the focus away from waiting until an employee reports a disability to catching it before a claim is even filed, you can save time, money and valuable productivity. One way to make this happen is to take an integrated approach to disability management. Here’s how.
I’m a big baseball fan, and I spend a lot of my free time catching games. While a lot of people think sports/business comparisons are tired, I think that’s only because they often ring so true. Baseball teams could not accomplish what they do in any given season without a lot of teamwork. The same can be said for disability management programs.
As a Workplace Possibilities Consultant, I spend my days helping companies build strong teams to manage employee disabilities. This helps the business reduce costs and keeps valuable employees on the job. Building a team can seem a little daunting at first but if you engage these three focus areas you’ll find the process simple and straightforward:
The reality of pay cuts. Rumors of reduced hours. Concerns about job stability. Chances are, your employees may be dealing with a serious side effect of today’s economy — an increase in mental illness disability, which leads to stress-related productivity loss. During the stress of an economic downturn, you can help your employees with practical solutions that will remove barriers to productivity and help improve your bottom line.