Absence Prevention

Addressing alcohol abuse in the workplace

Anyone who has seen the TV series “Mad Men,” or any number of old black and white movies about hard-working newspaper editors or beleaguered police sergeants, is familiar with the concept of the whiskey bottle in the desk. Although it is often glorified as a throwback to a faded era, alcohol abuse by employees is […]

Are your employees sidelined by migraines? Here’s how to help.

Recently, a professional football coach was sidelined from a prime-time game due to a severe migraine. While the condition made the news because of its effect on the big game, migraines often have a broader impact that hits closer to home. This is because migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world, and […]

Start helping employees now through stay-at-work accommodations

While meeting with one of our customers recently, I had a conversation that could only be described as an “aha” moment. The HR manager was surprised to know that before a claim is even filed, disability management programs, similar to the Workplace Possibilities℠ program, can help an employee who is experiencing a disabling condition. Implementing […]

Changing the company culture around accommodations

Recently, I was talking with a colleague about how far one company we work with has come in building a culture that supports employees who are dealing with a medical condition at work. Lack of a plan When we first started working with this company, there was no formal plan in place to help an […]

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What happens when an employee is (literally) allergic to work?

Nothing is harder than seeing a dedicated employee struggling with health issues in the workplace. Employee health concerns can create stressful and emotional situations for both you and the employee. This can be especially true if it seems that an employee’s work environment is to blame for his or her allergies. As an HR manager, […]

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 […]

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