Sometimes the unthinkable happens outside of work. For one lawyer, an autumn afternoon bike ride took a horrific turn. Hit by an oncoming car while biking, he was paralyzed due to fractures in his spine.
Returning to work after a major surgery can be stressful for an employee — especially when he or she has specialized job responsibilities and is highly motivated to return to the office. When a setback threatens recovery, employers may want to consider options to help the employee successfully return to work.
Having to adjust to working through pain is something that no employee should have to do. When an employee’s pain level starts to inhibit his or her performance at work, employers have a lot to consider. This pain could contribute to a loss of productivity, or time off work for treatment and recovery.
Years ago, many workers held jobs in the manufacturing field that required them to stand for their entire workday. Now, workers find themselves sitting behind desks for seven or more hours each day, which has led to an unhealthy side effect — a more obese workforce. Fortunately, employers are starting to embrace the benefits of keeping employees active at work.
Presenteeism — the practice of coming to work despite having a medical condition — is a relatively new area of study. However, with the current economy pushing employers to do more with less, it’s an important challenge that needs to be addressed, as less productive workforces are also less profitable.
Imagine for a moment that you’re in pain — a lot of pain. No matter how you sit or position yourself, you seem to still be hurting. You spent months on bed rest and now use a wheelchair to get around, but even though it’s progress, the progress is slow. It’s not just the physical pain that’s an issue — your disability has caused you to be emotionally drained, as well.