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Michael Klachefsky
Absence Management Practice Consultant

Michael Klachefsky was the absence management practice consultant at The Standard from 2011 to 2015. In this role, he served as a spokesperson and thought leader for The Standard, representing the company at conferences and workshops and through his authored papers and articles. He was The Standard’s assistant vice president of managed disability from 2005 to 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

When he’s not working (or working out), Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, four children and five rescue animals, as well as playing the guitar.

Posts by Michael Klachefsky


Managing employee absence through third-party administration

Do you ever feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the workday? Authorizing, coordinating and monitoring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-protected time away from work can be time-consuming, let alone challenging. To gain back time, have you considered outsourcing absence management to a carrier?

On-site consultants help drive results

Throughout our Productivity Insight series, The Standard has explored a new take on the benefits discussion. There is more than what meets the eye when it comes to the impact employee health has on an organization; employers need to realize that the costs of health-related lost productivity can well exceed the costs of poor employee health.

Mental health issues can cost millions

In the current economy, every penny counts. Workplace productivity is now more essential than ever, especially because many companies have downsized workforces. As a result, employees are stretched thin and are being asked to do more with less.


Five tips for managing presenteeism

Presenteeism — the practice of coming to work despite having a medical condition — is a relatively new area of study. However, with the current economy pushing employers to do more with less, it’s an important challenge that needs to be addressed, as less productive workforces are also less profitable.

Part 4: Costs and impact of arthritis-related presenteeism

A significant number of employees experience presenteeism as a result of arthritis. The disorder can affect people of all ages, and can create limitations on the work an employee can perform. To help manage presenteeism related to arthritis, below I share the cost, impact and solutions for this common medical issue.

Preventing and reducing lost productivity

When employees are away from work for medical reasons, you know it costs your company in terms of lost productivity. At the recent Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual International Conference, I co-presented with an employer that uses an innovative absence and disability management model to address the productivity loss caused by employee absences — and the results are very positive.

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