Improving Productivity with Mindfulness Meditation

Boosting workplace productivity is priority for many CEOs, HR leaders and management alike. Some look to the newest trends in hiring as a way of improving worker productivity, such as working with remote employees, who are 14% more productive on average than their cubicle-bound colleagues. When it comes to leveraging your existing workforce, however, one…

What Every Business Needs to Know About Anti-Discriminatory Laws

Every business should have a basic knowledge about anti-discriminatory handicap and disability laws. At a very general level, the following definition can be proposed: discrimination is any violation of the principle of equality in relation to prohibited criteria. Older discrimination laws used to provide sanctioned regulations which did not sufficiently take into account the differences…

Unseen Employee Disability Costs, Part 2

In last month’s blog post, I wrote about how the non-occupational disabilities covered under salary continuation or disability insurance plans are more common than the occupational disabilities covered under workers’ compensation. I suggested that your benefits team should be as focused on managing the costs of non-occ disabilities as your risk management team is on…

Ergonomics in the Workplace

Today’s companies and organizations demand more from employees than ever in the past. With Americans working as many as 499 additional hours each year than those in other developed countries, the need for a healthy & productive work environment is increasingly important. Workplace ergonomics can have a huge influence on overall health and can even…

Your FMLA Roadmap: Three Steps to Managing Employee Leave

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed in 1993, employers have struggled to meet its regulatory obligations. Although it’s been nearly 25 years – the challenges employers are dealing with haven’t gotten any easier. Leave requests can be very complex – and can distract employers from the underlying compliance requirements. These three key…

Five Common Causes of Disability—Protecting Your Employees and Your Business

The concern over losing employees is something that keeps many HR managers and CEOs up throughout the night, and for good reason. Replacing even a $10/hr employee can cost over $3,000, and the expense of finding someone to take over a high-level position can be $8,000 or more. Even if you treat your employees like…

Unseen Employee Disability Costs Can Sink the Ship

I’ve held a variety of jobs during my post-college career. One of the more interesting ones was when I was a safety and environment consultant in the risk management department of a large insurance company. Our focus was on controlling the costs of our workers’ compensation program. Our WC costs weren’t as high as those…