Overcoming the Disability Epidemic: Engaging Leaders and Managers for Improved RTW

DMEC Staff@Work

engaging-leadersBy Les Kertay, PhD, ABPP, LP

Chief Medical Officer
R3 Continuum

One of the most critical components of a successful integrated absence management (IAM) program is gaining buy-in at the leadership level.

If we are to improve productivity and return-to-work (RTW) outcomes, we must effectively engage organizational leadership at all levels. In addition to specific stay-at-work (SAW) and RTW programs, we need to help leaders build cultures in which workers feel valued and engaged.

It makes a difference to the bottom line. According to Aon Hewitt, high-engagement organizations are also the highest performing, and their leaders are perceived as almost twice as effective as their counterparts in low-engagement organizations. Senior leaders with high engagement are passionate about the organization’s goals, and their personal values align with organizational values.1 When senior leaders are engaged, the organization follows.

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