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Ergonomic pens: a small tool that can make a big impact

The ultimate goal of any accommodation is to give people back their sense of autonomy, to remove obstacles and help them reach their full potential. As we frequently discuss, this goal often can be achieved through accommodations. Sometimes, these accommodations are straightforward and small; sometimes they are larger in scale and include assistive equipment — […]

Stability balls: important considerations for workplace seating options

I am always asked about what types of ergonomic equipment employers can proactively provide to their employees — especially for those who sit at desks all day. Most often, employers ask about swapping out an employee’s desk chair with a stability ball. While these alternative seating options may seem like a quick, easy and inexpensive […]

Get the most out of your disability program

In today’s hectic world full of hard deadlines, quick turnarounds and the ever-present desire for a work-life balance, certain things tend to be put on the back burner. For some HR managers, it’s a lunch break. For others, it could be staying up to date on something that often occurs behind the scenes, such as […]

Help employees avoid feeling labeled

Living with an illness, injury or chronic condition can be challenging enough for anyone. But, when you consider that many people also must deal with these conditions in the workplace, the situation may feel impossible. At work, many employees can feel labeled by their medical condition, thinking that others — whether it’s fellow co-workers or […]

You’ve selected a disability carrier. Now what?

The hard part is over. You’ve selected a disability carrier and you want to make sure your organization makes the most out of your new plan. But, there’s still work to do to ensure that your disability management program starts off on the right foot. I’ve been in dozens of implementation meetings and have learned […]

How one employer helped reduce mental-health-related disability leaves

A recent study by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that the economic burden of depression has increased to over $210 billion per year.1 Not only is depression in the workplace a huge financial cost, it also takes a toll on both the affected employee and his or her coworkers. In his latest blog post, […]

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