Issues and Trends

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 […]

Road map: three ways management can play a role in the accommodations process

Even though your passion as an HR representative is advocating for employees, you may not have the daily face time you need to identify employees in need of assistance early on, or know enough about an individual employee’s job duties to help with a return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. That’s why it is important for you […]

Engaging management for successful accommodation outcomes

At its core, the Workplace Possibilities℠ program aims to help identify employees in need of potential assistance, such as a workplace accommodation, early on. As we often discuss, this approach is good for all involved, not only because the employee gets the assistance he or she needs to help with their medical condition before it […]

Three ways to proactively help employees with mental health conditions

Mental health conditions are an often misunderstood but all-too-real concern for many employers. As I’ve mentioned before, the impacts of an employee with a mental health condition in the workplace can go unrecognized, but employers can play an important role in mitigating or reducing the impacts. As these posts imply, some employers only think about […]

Intermittent leave: Separating fact from fiction

For some HR managers, there can be gray areas surrounding how to properly help employees who are using intermittent leave. You might find yourself wondering what you can and can’t ask employees in regard to their health. Or you might not know how you can work with a disability carrier to implement accommodations — or […]

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