Absence Matters: Healthy Conversations

DMEC Staff@Work

We Need Healthy Conversations Between Risk, Disability, and LOA Professionals

Healthy ConversationsBy Bryon Bass

SVP, Disability and Absence Practice & Compliance

Integrated programs encompassing workers’ compensation, disability management, and leave of absence requests have long been talked about, but are not as implemented as some might expect.

Employers have stumbled across many obstacles when trying to integrate these program benefits, such as separate technology platforms, different data capture requirements, distinct organizational structures with potential turf wars, ever-changing regulations and compliance requirements, and the sheer complexities of these systems.

However, as organizations look to increase productivity, protect and care for their employee populations, and create a more meaningful work experience, this is an ideal time for risk managers to talk with their peers in disability and absence management to explore the possible advantages of combining the best elements of both worlds.

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