back pain

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 […]

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Six chronic conditions that may be affecting your workforce

Employees working through medical conditions can cost employers in terms of lost productivity and reduced output. Being aware of the conditions that may be causing presenteeism is the first step to helping them stay healthy and productive. But here’s the hard part — the condition may not be all that noticeable. Maybe the employee is […]

Collaboration and consistency: The keys to low-back pain care?

Back pain is not like a common cold. When you get the sniffles, you drink plenty of fluids, take some medicine and, before too much time passes, you’re back to feeling well again. With low-back pain, there’s a wide range of experiences — from physical therapy and education all the way up to surgeries and […]

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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 […]

Four apps, sites and devices for healthy, productive employees

Reducing presenteeism and disability leaves is a focus for you. Maybe you’ve created a worksite wellness or smoking cessation program. Or maybe you’ve worked with an on-site consultant to help with an employee accommodation. But did you know that you might not have to look further than your phone or computer for additional ways to help employees?

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