workplace accommodations

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What happens when an employee is (literally) allergic to work?

Nothing is harder than seeing a dedicated employee struggling with health issues in the workplace. Employee health concerns can create stressful and emotional situations for both you and the employee. This can be especially true if it seems that an employee’s work environment is to blame for his or her allergies. As an HR manager, […]

Four ways to make reasonable accommodations a reality

It’s no secret reasonable accommodations are a win-win for employees and employers. Not only can they help employees work more comfortably, boost productivity and minimize missed work due to medical leaves — but accommodations also can serve as tangible evidence of an organization’s commitment to its employees’ well-being. Despite the inherent benefits they offer, reasonable […]

Intermittent leave: Separating fact from fiction

For some HR managers, there can be gray areas surrounding how to properly help employees who are using intermittent leave. You might find yourself wondering what you can and can’t ask employees in regard to their health. Or you might not know how you can work with a disability carrier to implement accommodations — or […]

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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Success story: Helping an employee adapt to a serious medical condition

The sudden onset of a disabling illness or injury, especially a severe one, can result in a number of emotions — not just for an employee, but the employer as well. For an employee, adjusting to a new life with a medical condition can be challenging to process and discuss with others. As an employer, […]

Supporting the Sandwich Generation

As a nurse case manager, I provide guidance and support to employees as they deal with personal challenges, such as illnesses or injuries. But the tables have turned, and I now find myself on the receiving end of support from my HR department. I’m part of the sandwich generation — a portion of the workforce […]

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