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How to have “the talk” about an employee’s health condition in the workplace

Talking to an employee about his or her health condition in the workplace can be tricky. I often hear from managers that this is one of the hardest parts of their job. While it can be a difficult task, I would argue that it’s one of the most important. As an HR manager or senior […]

Success story: When multiple health conditions delay recovery

Did you know that depression is two to three times more prevalent in individuals with physical disorders?1 If an employee has a serious physical illness or injury, he or she may be at risk for comorbidity, the presence of dual health conditions. As we’ve previously noted, the stress of a personal trauma or health condition […]

Three questions to ask when vetting disability carriers

Every day, employees face a host of medical issues that could affect their productivity at work or lead to a disability leave. While you can’t always plan for the unexpected, your organization can positively impact what may be a challenging time for an employee by ensuring you have the right disability program in place. Choosing […]

Success story: a tailored plan for an employee with cancer

No two employees are the same. The same can be said about cancer diagnoses. For employees fighting cancer, the accommodations and support each employee may need will vary greatly based on his or her unique medical condition, treatment plan and numerous other factors. That’s why Workplace Possibilities℠ consultants carefully evaluate each employee’s individual situation before […]

Three ways to counteract presenteeism, the modern productivity dilemma

Whether it’s allergies, chronic back pain or grueling migraines, health conditions don’t just plague employees while at work; they can also result in productivity and financial losses for employers. As we’ve mentioned before, this phenomenon is called presenteeism and it isn’t limited to any particular workforce. A recent Global Corporate Challenge study revealed that an […]

Making the case for return-to-work support

It’s easy to focus on how a specific piece of equipment or a schedule modification can help make a difference for an employee who may need assistive support in the workplace. But, when looking at disability duration — or the amount of time an employee is out of work because of his or her disabling […]

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