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Ten years ago, we recognized a need to help people get back to work and increase their productivity. We had an idea to further develop our relationships with our customers, by understanding their cultures and internal processes, and build a program that supported each customer and their employees. This led to the creation of the […]

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The loss of a loved one can be traumatic, potentially causing long-term effects in the form of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other behavioral health conditions. Understandably, this can make it difficult to be productive at work. As you may have read in a previous blog post, a hospital care manager who worked with […]

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Recently, I wrote about the importance of providing accommodations to employees with behavioral health conditions. Let’s expand upon that with how to create a culture of acceptance and support, which can be equally important. Creating a supportive workplace If you’ve already worked to prevent the preconceived notions that hinder employees from remaining in or returning […]

The post The disability mindset: how to prevent it with a culture of acceptance and support appeared first on Workplace Possibilities.

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In a recent post, I wrote about the “disability mindset” and how it can impact the workforce. The disability mindset happens when an ill or injured employee becomes focused on his or her disabilities instead of capabilities, which can prevent them from remaining in or rejoining the workforce. As discussed in that post, although we’ve […]

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We’re currently in the midst of a cultural shift: More people are fighting for awareness and acceptance of behavioral health conditions. Whether it’s events like World Mental Health Day or celebrities speaking publicly about their struggles with depression or substance abuse, we, as a society, are hearing more about behavioral health and its far-reaching impacts. […]

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I recently read a story about a college faculty member who sued her employer for violating her rights under both FMLA and ADAAA. The story caught my eye because it shows the potential for both federal entitlements to exist in the same space and the challenges in trying to administer them. Separate but similar I […]

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Whether it’s to help alleviate back pain or decrease neck and shoulder stress, many employers think that a certain piece of equipment, such as a sit-stand desk, is a cure-all ergonomic solution for every employee’s medical condition. While a sit-stand desk can alleviate many health conditions, it may not be the best solution to help […]

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Wouldn’t it be great if life came with clear pre-written expectations? Fortunately, jobs usually do. Developing job descriptions, however, isn’t always a clean-cut process. Many employers struggle with developing job descriptions, as they think it’s not worth the time or effort. However, developing a job description is an important aspect of a company’s approach to […]

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There are those exceptional employees whose dedication to your organization is unwavering, no matter what personal challenges they face. Even in the midst of a life-threatening illness like cancer, these individuals will do whatever it takes to remain productive in their roles. But that doesn’t mean they can do it on their own. Assessing the […]

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Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

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