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Three ways to proactively help employees with mental health conditions

Mental health conditions are an often misunderstood but all-too-real concern for many employers. As I’ve mentioned before, the impacts of an employee with a mental health condition in the workplace can go unrecognized, but employers can play an important role in mitigating or reducing the impacts. As these posts imply, some employers only think about […]

What’s really impacting your employees’ health and productivity?

Proactively addressing employee wellness as a way to promote better quality of life for employees and minimize future impacts on productivity is finally getting the attention it deserves. Whether it’s implementing wellness programs, working with your EAP provider or offering annual health screenings — workplace wellness strategies are hot topics. And, these conversations show no […]

Successful accommodations for fragrance sensitivities in the workplace

While your choice in perfume or fabric softener may not seem like a serious decision, it can cause a person with fragrance sensitivity to have some unfortunate health issues. A fragrance sensitivity is an allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals in certain products1 — a topic I introduced in one of my first posts for […]

Vision issues and the aging workforce

An aging workforce presents an employer with a number of unique challenges, including the potential for higher health care costs and increased chances for an employee to become ill or injured and require a disability leave. And when you consider health issues common among older workers, you’re likely thinking about musculoskeletal issues or heart disease. […]

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 […]

The importance of case management in managing intermittent leave

I, along with two other colleagues, gave a presentation on managing intermittent leaves at the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) annual conference last September. The session was packed, and many employers commented that this issue is becoming increasingly important for them to understand and address. Consider a recent Mercer survey that sheds light on why: […]

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