HR needs a better grasp of disability management to improve employee return to work

The goal for disability management is to ensure that the company’s human resources are able to continue to add value in the organization even after impairment develops.
By Jane Sleeth
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

Disability management has become a hot topic in the business world in the last two or three years. A flood of talks, conferences, books and articles inundate HR professionals with information.

As a topic gains in popularity, it tends to take on a life of its own that few people bother to question. Certain terminology and accepted truths about the topic often result in thinking and acting “inside the box.” This line of thinking interferes with continuous improvement of HR practices that benefit both the organization and the employee.

In light of the volume of material about disability management in the marketplace, it is time for HR professionals to gain a better, and perhaps more informed, understanding of what it is.