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
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
While compliance questions continue to top the list for integrated absence management professionals, DMEC education experts discuss trends they’re seeing and what that says about an increasing knowledge gap that ... Read More
An innovative, integrated approach to population health has improved employee engagement (four-fold), reduced short-term disability days, and saved close to $2,000 per episode at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ... Read More
Absence management professionals are faced with an increasingly challenging landscape of paid family and medical leave laws and paid sick and safe laws. Get tips and tools for ways you ... Read More
More employers are questioning how they create time away programs that are meaningful to employee populations of all ages and backgrounds. Listen in as Ali Schaafsma, senior absence consultant with ... Read More
Employers are in a tough position when it comes to whether they can (or should) test employees for marijuana use. A key question is what they learn from the tests, ... Read More
A story of rehabilitation and recovery from Long COVID: An employer representative, physical therapist, and employee share an inside look at what’s working in Minnesota.
Hear one insider’s perspective on how “total absence management” has evolved and now reflects responsibility for anything that affects employee productivity. “This is a whole new frontier,” says Debby Kweller, ... Read More
Get the inside story about how DMEC was founded 30 years ago and the secrets to its ongoing success, which might surprise (and delight) you.
Employer investments in education and training lead to greater employee satisfaction and retention as well as stronger organizations overall, explains Kristin Jones, DMEC’s director of education. Listen in to this ... Read More
Season 1