return to work

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 […]

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 […]

Mental health setbacks: A hidden side effect of chronic health conditions

One of your employees, Fred, is now back at work — two months after having a heart attack. You’re thrilled that Fred is healthy and planning on returning to work. You’ve reached out to ensure his return is successful by talking with him about how he is feeling, discussing his medical restrictions or limitations, and […]

5 tips for better partnership with medical providers

Medical providers are a critical partner when implementing workplace accommodations for an employee’s return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. They have first-hand knowledge of an employee’s medical condition and can provide details about any limitations and restrictions that need to be put in place to enable that person to return to work. Typically, medical providers share this […]

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