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Evolving trends in absence and disability management

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Kim Siddall | January 15, 2019

With the start of a new year, organizations have new goals and budgets to meet.

Many organizations take the new year as an opportunity to take a critical look at current practices and processes, including the way these align with their business goals. One area gaining attention over the years, due to increasing costs, is disability and absence management.

These can be frustrating topics that organizations feel they can’t positively impact. Trends in this space have been slow to develop in response to the evolving landscape. That being said, here are three trends in absence and disability management.

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1. Mental health

For several years, human resources leaders have been focusing on improving the mental health of their workforces. Many organizations are implementing and adopting strategies to both identify and support employees struggling with mental health in the workplace, hopefully keeping them well and at work in the process.

Unfortunately, absences and disability claims due to mental health have continued to rise at the same time, leading to increases in both the complexity and duration of workplace........

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