Programs should include health promotion and disability prevention activities.
There are solid business benefits to implementing an effective disability management program, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.
A good disability management program can limit the costs and detrimental effects of absenteeism, according to Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program, which was sponsored by Morneau Shepell.
To be successful, the program should include health promotion and disability prevention activities in addition to strategies for helping employees return to work.
“Organizations have traditionally focused on solutions that include monitoring information to determine when an employee should return to work, and tracking costs,” said Paula Allen, Morneau Shepell’s vice-president of research and integrative solutions. “These are important things to do, but they’re passive and not enough. Organizations have a clear opportunity to implement programs that better support an employee’s return to work sooner, and address the reasons behind absence at an organizational level.”