employee absence

Transitional work agreements: return-to-work solutions for employees

For an employee on a disability leave, returning to work is a huge step forward in their recovery. Not only does it signal that his or her health is improving, but it also signals a return to “normal” life. However, some employees may want to return to work, but might not be able to take […]

Four tips for successful employee accommodations

We’ve discussed the accommodations process at length recently, and how managers play a crucial role as your eyes and ears for issues. But, of course, this process wouldn’t make it past the starting line without your expertise and support. As a disability and productivity consultant, I’ve worked with many HR professionals over the years on […]

Road map: three ways management can play a role in the accommodations process

Even though your passion as an HR representative is advocating for employees, you may not have the daily face time you need to identify employees in need of assistance early on, or know enough about an individual employee’s job duties to help with a return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. That’s why it is important for you […]

Engaging management for successful accommodation outcomes

At its core, the Workplace Possibilities℠ program aims to help identify employees in need of potential assistance, such as a workplace accommodation, early on. As we often discuss, this approach is good for all involved, not only because the employee gets the assistance he or she needs to help with their medical condition before it […]

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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, […]

Six Ways to Evaluate Intermittent Leave Requests

Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its intermittent leave usage requirements may feel like the ultimate balancing act. With all the regulations around this type of leave, coupled with the desire to be respectful of an employee’s need to seek medical care, you may feel uncertain about approving leave — or even […]

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