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Success story: Helping an employee adapt to a serious medical condition

The sudden onset of a disabling illness or injury, especially a severe one, can result in a number of emotions — not just for an employee, but the employer as well. For an employee, adjusting to a new life with a medical condition can be challenging to process and discuss with others. As an employer, […]

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Proper ergonomics: Small adjustments, big impact

As an HR professional, you probably walk the halls of your company to say “hello” to your colleagues. And maybe you see an employee take a moment’s break from staring at his computer to rub his neck and tip his or her head from side to side. This is so common, perhaps you don’t even […]

Intermittent leave accommodations as easy as 1-2-3

It’s understandable if an employee needs to be off work occasionally, but intermittent leaves can cause a major disruption in productivity. If a recurring medical condition is causing frequent intermittent leaves, you may be tempted to let the employee go. Instead, leaves may be lessened with help from your disability carrier. Check out these examples […]

Think creatively to avoid permanent disability

An assembly line employee — who was diagnosed at an early age with a severe condition that resulted in partial paralysis — was having difficulty moving to various workstations. Her health had declined to the point where she was unstable on her feet and could have risked a fall and/or other serious injury.

The value of collaboration in difficult-to-accommodate professions

Two heads can be better than one. When it comes to accommodating employees with disabling illnesses and injuries, this is especially true. Collaboration is key — on the part of the employee, employer and disability provider — particularly for professions that may have guidelines or restrictions due to the materials they are working with, daily processes or available space.

Accommodating an employee with a serious injury

Sometimes the unthinkable happens outside of work. For one lawyer, an autumn afternoon bike ride took a horrific turn. Hit by an oncoming car while biking, he was paralyzed due to fractures in his spine.

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