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Addressing alcohol abuse in the workplace

Anyone who has seen the TV series “Mad Men,” or any number of old black and white movies about hard-working newspaper editors or beleaguered police sergeants, is familiar with the concept of the whiskey bottle in the desk. Although it is often glorified as a throwback to a faded era, alcohol abuse by employees is […]

How to prepare your workplace for a traumatic event

The daily news is often full of unthinkable events that impact society on a massive scale. Everyone responds in their own way, but many people do their best to acknowledge the situation and move on, taking some slight comfort in knowing that the latest crisis is across the country, or on the other side of […]

Are your employees sidelined by migraines? Here’s how to help.

Recently, a professional football coach was sidelined from a prime-time game due to a severe migraine. While the condition made the news because of its effect on the big game, migraines often have a broader impact that hits closer to home. This is because migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world, and […]

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 […]

Take a team approach to mental health return-to-work plans

In any year, approximately 7 percent of the American workforce experiences a major depressive disorder.1 Even in the simplest of cases, returning to work after a mental health absence can be challenging due to an infinite number of variables that can interrupt the recovery process, including complex work interactions. As I’ve mentioned previously, helping an […]

Four tips for successful employee accommodations

We’ve discussed the accommodations process at length recently, and how managers play a crucial role as your eyes and ears for issues. But, of course, this process wouldn’t make it past the starting line without your expertise and support. As a disability and productivity consultant, I’ve worked with many HR professionals over the years on […]

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