Absence Management Perspectives

A DMEC Podcast

Welcome to Absence Management Perspectives: A DMEC Podcast. This resource, available on all podcast channels, features short conversations with “the people behind the processes” and offers insights and best practices on absence and disability management trends and topics.

Listen in on our latest discussion and look for new episodes every few weeks. We’ll feature industry experts, hands-on practitioners, DMEC staff and volunteers, and more! We also invite you to share feedback and suggest topics — contact Heather Grimshaw at hgrimshaw@dmec.org. And don’t forget to share this resource with colleagues across the industry!

Latest Episodes
Season 2
As managers and supervisors do more with less, adding “pause points” when working with employees and fielding requests for leave and accommodation could help employers avoid liability. Listen in as ... Read More
It is increasingly important for employers to assess absence management policies to identify and address inherent bias. This work helps employers become more inclusive and avoid risks, explains Amber Burnap, ... Read More
Hear DMEC subject matter experts Terri L. Rhodes, Kristin Jones, and Jess Dudley talk about what they learned during the four-day conference, what surprised them, and the valuable resources they’re ... Read More
Puget Sound Energy has registered unprecedented engagement with its mental health and wellness programs. Learn how they design offerings, customize programs to align with company culture, and use data to ... Read More
Technology can be a valuable asset for absence and disability management professionals, who align expectations among team members and build plans for reasonable goals. Learn how to make the most ... Read More
Hear how employers can encourage employees to show up as their “whole selves” at work, create supportive environments, and recognize the value of lived experience. One key: Be honest about ... Read More
What’s the best way to protect employers and provide for employees who are pregnant? “Avoid lawsuits,” advises Marjory Robertson, Esq., assistant vice president and senior counsel for Sun Life, in ... Read More
Tracking the growing number of “safe leave” laws, an umbrella term that applies to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws, could be a full-time job for human resources and ... Read More
Employers get a unique and valuable insider perspective on how they can encourage a feeling of belonging in their workplaces, and how those efforts lead to more collaborative environments that ... Read More
Confronted with massive change and instability, savvy employers will focus on people skills and the core tenets of what leadership means, says Debra Dupree, Psy.D., chief executive officer of Relationships ... Read More
Season 1