return to work

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 […]

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 […]

How one employer helped reduce mental-health-related disability leaves

A recent study by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that the economic burden of depression has increased to over $210 billion per year.1 Not only is depression in the workplace a huge financial cost, it also takes a toll on both the affected employee and his or her coworkers. In his latest blog post, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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