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Supporting an employee seeking substance abuse treatment

I have written recently about two difficult and complicated issues facing employers today: alcohol and opioid abuse. The hope is that increased awareness of the issues involved when an employee struggles with substance abuse will increase the chances that he or she can receive treatment and successfully return to their job and a healthy, more […]

Addressing health conditions in the workplace with manager training

Recently, a survey we conducted found 53% of employees were too scared to bring up their health condition with a manager, while only 29% said the same of working with HR.1 On the other hand, 73% of employees felt that HR knew how to support them, while only 61% said the same of their managers.1 […]

How to have “the talk” about an employee’s health condition in the workplace

Talking to an employee about his or her health condition in the workplace can be tricky. I often hear from managers that this is one of the hardest parts of their job. While it can be a difficult task, I would argue that it’s one of the most important. As an HR manager or senior […]

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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 […]

Success story: creating a supportive and inclusive workplace

Employees can become injured. It’s a common fact of life. Getting employees who have been injured back to work in a way that is safe and helps increase their productivity is what’s not always as common, but extremely important. It’s also critical that these employees aren’t labeled by any limitations they may have in their […]

When vendors cooperate, everyone wins

Picture this: one of your employees is obese and engaged in your wellness program to help manage their weight loss. During a meeting with your company’s wellness coach, the employee starts to complain of back pain because his or her desk chair doesn’t support his or her weight. This problem with a workstation triggers an […]

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