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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 […]

Vision issues and the aging workforce

An aging workforce presents an employer with a number of unique challenges, including the potential for higher health care costs and increased chances for an employee to become ill or injured and require a disability leave. And when you consider health issues common among older workers, you’re likely thinking about musculoskeletal issues or heart disease. […]

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Proper ergonomics: Small adjustments, big impact

As an HR professional, you probably walk the halls of your company to say “hello” to your colleagues. And maybe you see an employee take a moment’s break from staring at his computer to rub his neck and tip his or her head from side to side. This is so common, perhaps you don’t even […]

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