workplace accommodations

How to help an employee with cancer return to work

Unlike other medical conditions, determining how long an employee will be absent from work due to his or her cancer diagnosis can be tricky because there are so many unknowns. While some employees may be able to stay at work throughout their treatment, treatment plans can often vary from a few weeks to several months […]

When vendors cooperate, everyone wins

Picture this: one of your employees is obese and engaged in your wellness program to help manage their weight loss. During a meeting with your company’s wellness coach, the employee starts to complain of back pain because his or her desk chair doesn’t support his or her weight. This problem with a workstation triggers an […]

Workplace Possibilities coordinators: your behind-the-scenes helpers

We often talk about our Workplace Possibilities program consultants who provide stay-at-work and return-to-work intervention for employees in need of assistance. These consultants are on the front lines with your HR team, assisting in making workplace accommodations a reality so employees can stay productive at work, or return to work as soon as medically able. […]

Are your employees sidelined by migraines? Here’s how to help.

Recently, a professional football coach was sidelined from a prime-time game due to a severe migraine. While the condition made the news because of its effect on the big game, migraines often have a broader impact that hits closer to home. This is because migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world, and […]

Why it’s important to shift your thinking when accommodating employees

As a former HR manager, I know the internal struggle you may often face when an employee experiences a medical condition at work. Because of your training, you’re hyper-focused on treating employees equally. From hiring practices to benefits administration, you know the parameters and federal rules that have been established to ensure your organization isn’t […]

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 […]

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