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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 […]

Three ways to counteract presenteeism, the modern productivity dilemma

Whether it’s allergies, chronic back pain or grueling migraines, health conditions don’t just plague employees while at work; they can also result in productivity and financial losses for employers. As we’ve mentioned before, this phenomenon is called presenteeism and it isn’t limited to any particular workforce. A recent Global Corporate Challenge study revealed that an […]

How one workforce benefited from proactive accommodations

Recently, a manufacturing client contacted the Workplace Possibilities℠ program for recommendations on ergonomic adjustments that could be made to their entire production line to help improve the way employees were working. Like most production-oriented jobs, this client’s employees engaged in repetitive movements throughout their workday, which could create potential injuries or chronic pain down the […]

Ergonomic pens: a small tool that can make a big impact

The ultimate goal of any accommodation is to give people back their sense of autonomy, to remove obstacles and help them reach their full potential. As we frequently discuss, this goal often can be achieved through accommodations. Sometimes, these accommodations are straightforward and small; sometimes they are larger in scale and include assistive equipment — […]

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 […]

Case management: Building trust helps with accommodations

A common misconception among employees is that, if they reach out to the employee assistance program (EAP), their employer will find out about their health problems or see their medical records. While this isn’t true, employees may consider the EAP an extension of the employer instead of an employer-provided resource. Because of this misunderstanding, an […]

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