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Workplace Possibilities coordinators: your behind-the-scenes helpers

We often talk about our Workplace Possibilities program consultants who provide stay-at-work and return-to-work intervention for employees in need of assistance. These consultants are on the front lines with your HR team, assisting in making workplace accommodations a reality so employees can stay productive at work, or return to work as soon as medically able. […]

Considerations for navigating return-to-work situations

Navigating an employee’s return to work after a disability leave can be complex. There can be many unknowns, including what questions you can ask the employee about his or her condition, what needs to be put in place for a successful return, and, one of the most important things, when an employee can actually return […]

Get the most out of your disability program

In today’s hectic world full of hard deadlines, quick turnarounds and the ever-present desire for a work-life balance, certain things tend to be put on the back burner. For some HR managers, it’s a lunch break. For others, it could be staying up to date on something that often occurs behind the scenes, such as […]

Help employees avoid feeling labeled

Living with an illness, injury or chronic condition can be challenging enough for anyone. But, when you consider that many people also must deal with these conditions in the workplace, the situation may feel impossible. At work, many employees can feel labeled by their medical condition, thinking that others — whether it’s fellow co-workers or […]

Take a team approach to mental health return-to-work plans

In any year, approximately 7 percent of the American workforce experiences a major depressive disorder.1 Even in the simplest of cases, returning to work after a mental health absence can be challenging due to an infinite number of variables that can interrupt the recovery process, including complex work interactions. As I’ve mentioned previously, helping an […]

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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