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Three questions for developing an effective individualized support plan

Over my 30-year career in rehabilitation, I’ve worked with employers in hundreds of industries, each with unique questions and concerns when it comes to accommodating their employees. As a vocational consultant, it’s my responsibility to understand each employer’s specific needs and best recommend an individualized support plan to help bring employees back to work after a disability absence or stay at work through an accommodation.

Put some movement into your desk job

Dilemma: Your employee population sits at desks for most of the workday. But you’ve read the recent articles that say movement throughout the workday is important for employees’ overall well-being. How can you help them counter the effects of hours of sitting?

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Making the work day matter: Positive psychology and your employees

The business world is awash in buzzwords that evoke aggression. “Cutthroat competition.” “Going to war.” Today’s employees often feel they must prepare for battle before they grab their morning coffee. In some cases, employees might feel helpless, making work a struggle and robbing the workplace of any sense of enjoyment. Understandably, productivity can suffer when this happens.

Protect your company’s most valuable resource: employees

In recent weeks, our blog posts have highlighted workplace success stories. These examples range from offering routine ergonomic assistance to creating highly specialized return-to-work plans for employees who have suffered serious health issues. Perhaps these stories have inspired you to get in touch with our team of experts to learn more about helping an employee […]

Return to work plans: Assessing work restrictions

Identifying the right solution to accommodate a work restriction is not always obvious. Following a consistent analytical process can ensure key details are not missed, helping to avoid potential issues such as employee and employer frustration or a potential impact on employee safety. Putting the right process in place can be crucial to a successful, organized return to work plan and can help to address costs, time and confusion.

Want to stay sharp? Keep your brain healthy!

As portions of our workforce continue to age, encouraging mind-healthy activities and habits is always a good idea. You may be familiar with some of the more obvious challenges of an aging workforce, but have you considered the impact of Alzheimer’s disease?

Per The Alzheimer’s Association,[1] most individuals who have the disease are over age 65 (and there is a 50-50 chance of developing the disease after age 85) and will face dreaded loss of memory, analytical skills and the ability to learn new tasks — all of which are critical to maintaining workplace productivity.

The Association also points out that well-established risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are genetics and aging.[2] Although aging and genetics are two risk factors we can’t control, adopting healthy brain life habits might delay or prevent the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease.[3]

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