Five steps to find the right ergonomic accommodation for an employee

Whether it’s to help alleviate back pain or decrease neck and shoulder stress, many employers think that a certain piece of equipment, such as a sit-stand desk, is a cure-all ergonomic solution for every employee’s medical condition. While a sit-stand desk can alleviate many health conditions, it may not be the best solution to help […]

The importance of documenting employees’ job functions

Wouldn’t it be great if life came with clear pre-written expectations? Fortunately, jobs usually do. Developing job descriptions, however, isn’t always a clean-cut process. Many employers struggle with developing job descriptions, as they think it’s not worth the time or effort. However, developing a job description is an important aspect of a company’s approach to […]

Success story: cancer is no match for a team return-to-work effort

There are those exceptional employees whose dedication to your organization is unwavering, no matter what personal challenges they face. Even in the midst of a life-threatening illness like cancer, these individuals will do whatever it takes to remain productive in their roles. But that doesn’t mean they can do it on their own. Assessing the […]

Writing job descriptions: three questions to help ensure success

Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

Supporting an employee seeking substance abuse treatment

I have written recently about two difficult and complicated issues facing employers today: alcohol and opioid abuse. The hope is that increased awareness of the issues involved when an employee struggles with substance abuse will increase the chances that he or she can receive treatment and successfully return to their job and a healthy, more […]

Success story: Support during an employee’s time to grieve

The death of a spouse or partner can be more debilitating than any physical condition. Many of us cannot even imagine how we would resume our daily lives after suffering such a significant loss. Understandably, individuals who lose a spouse often succumb to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other behavioral health conditions. In these […]

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