Productivity Solutions

Accommodations: It’s not just about the chair

As a disability consultant, I’m one of the first to help employers realize that employees with chronic pain — or another type of disabling illness or injury — can benefit from workplace accommodations, such as a chair. The chair is an important part of the puzzle to help an employee’s productivity, depending on his or […]

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 […]

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. […]

The importance of case management in managing intermittent leave

I, along with two other colleagues, gave a presentation on managing intermittent leaves at the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) annual conference last September. The session was packed, and many employers commented that this issue is becoming increasingly important for them to understand and address. Consider a recent Mercer survey that sheds light on why: […]

How to advocate and accommodate

What makes your job in human resources (HR) uniquely rewarding? You have the ability — and the challenge — to advocate for those around you. You’re a champion for your fellow employees. But it’s not always easy to be the advocate you aspire to when you’re juggling a growing list of responsibilities. In our last […]

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