Four tips to help start the employee accommodation conversation

Compliance regulations have been developed to keep employees safe and their information private. However, these important regulations can have an unfortunate side effect for HR and managers — fear. This fear often leads employers to think they aren’t supposed to know the details about an employee’s condition, or that knowing certain things will cause them […]

Three ways employee healthcare costs add up

As you know, hiring a new employee costs much more than the salary or wage they’re offered. Although employee benefits make up part of that equation, employees attending to health issues can contribute to increased costs. When employees take time off to attend to their health concerns or attempt to work through an illness or […]

Six chronic conditions that may be affecting your workforce

Employees working through medical conditions can cost employers in terms of lost productivity and reduced output. Being aware of the conditions that may be causing presenteeism is the first step to helping them stay healthy and productive. But here’s the hard part — the condition may not be all that noticeable. Maybe the employee is […]

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 […]

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