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Building a strong disability management team – a primer

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Posted by: Jason Denis

I’m a big baseball fan, and I spend a lot of my free time catching games. While a lot of people think sports/business comparisons are tired, I think that’s only because they often ring so true. Baseball teams could not accomplish what they do in any given season without a lot of teamwork. The same can be said for disability management programs.

As a Workplace Possibilities Consultant, I spend my days helping companies build strong teams to manage employee disabilities. This helps the business reduce costs and keeps valuable employees on the job. Building a team can seem a little daunting at first but if you engage these three focus areas you’ll find the process simple and straightforward:

  • Company characteristics
  • Stakeholders
  • Team members

Company characteristics
What makes your business unique? For example, are you headquartered in one location with multiple sites across the country? If yes, is your leave administration centralized? Would it be possible to embed a consultant there who is focused on returning employees to work? Or would the consultant need to travel to all of the sites?

A firm understanding of those characteristics will help ensure your program is tailored to your company’s needs and will therefore be more effective.

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