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Ergonomic equipment: How we help put it to the test

One thing you may not realize about the Workplace Possibilities program is that we do more than just recommend ergonomic equipment to employees: We actually help test it. Our ergonomic experts and vocational consultants trial all of the assistive equipment we provide to employees to ensure it will help mitigate as much of an employee’s […]

Commentary: 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Last week marked the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After our first thought — wow, how time has flown by! — we both were equally struck by how far society as a whole has come to making sure employees with disabilities are accepted in the workforce. In 1990, the ADA was […]

Successful accommodations for fragrance sensitivities in the workplace

While your choice in perfume or fabric softener may not seem like a serious decision, it can cause a person with fragrance sensitivity to have some unfortunate health issues. A fragrance sensitivity is an allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals in certain products1 — a topic I introduced in one of my first posts for […]

Retirement challenges: Disability and earning potential

If you have an aging workforce, you’re probably receiving plenty of questions about retirement as employees prepare for life after age 65 — and building retirement savings likely is top of mind for all, regardless of age. Research has shown, however, that households retiring in the future will not be nearly as prepared as those […]

Collaboration and consistency: The keys to low-back pain care?

Back pain is not like a common cold. When you get the sniffles, you drink plenty of fluids, take some medicine and, before too much time passes, you’re back to feeling well again. With low-back pain, there’s a wide range of experiences — from physical therapy and education all the way up to surgeries and […]

Terminate or extend leave? Tips for difficult return-to-work situations

You’re at a crossroads with an employee leave. You don’t know when this individual plans to return to work. You’re uncertain if you can retain this employee. Now, you need to make some choices about terminating the employee or extending the approved leave. What route do you choose? I’ve met with a number of employers […]

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