Productivity Solutions

The disability mindset: how accommodations can provide support

In a recent post, I wrote about the “disability mindset” and how it can impact the workforce. The disability mindset happens when an ill or injured employee becomes focused on his or her disabilities instead of capabilities, which can prevent them from remaining in or rejoining the workforce. As discussed in that post, although we’ve […]

The importance of documenting employees’ job functions

Wouldn’t it be great if life came with clear pre-written expectations? Fortunately, jobs usually do. Developing job descriptions, however, isn’t always a clean-cut process. Many employers struggle with developing job descriptions, as they think it’s not worth the time or effort. However, developing a job description is an important aspect of a company’s approach to […]

Writing job descriptions: three questions to help ensure success

Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

Three ways to counteract presenteeism, the modern productivity dilemma

Whether it’s allergies, chronic back pain or grueling migraines, health conditions don’t just plague employees while at work; they can also result in productivity and financial losses for employers. As we’ve mentioned before, this phenomenon is called presenteeism and it isn’t limited to any particular workforce. A recent Global Corporate Challenge study revealed that an […]

Making the case for return-to-work support

It’s easy to focus on how a specific piece of equipment or a schedule modification can help make a difference for an employee who may need assistive support in the workplace. But, when looking at disability duration — or the amount of time an employee is out of work because of his or her disabling […]

When vendors cooperate, everyone wins

Picture this: one of your employees is obese and engaged in your wellness program to help manage their weight loss. During a meeting with your company’s wellness coach, the employee starts to complain of back pain because his or her desk chair doesn’t support his or her weight. This problem with a workstation triggers an […]

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