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What Are Reasonable Accommodations, and Why Do They Matter?

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What are reasonable accommodations?Reasonable accommodations are any changes that allow a person with a disability to apply for and perform the essential functions of a job.  Accommodations are a challenging subject for all involved but are necessary for regulatory compliance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990 and is a signature accomplishment of the disability rights movement. ADA prohibits discrimination against employees (and job applicants) who have physical or mental impairments that substantially limit “major life activities.” Major life activities include walking, sitting, reading, seeing, and communicating.

While the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) does not enforce the ADA, it does offer publications and other technical assistance on the basic requirements of the law. The DOL also enforces the covered employers’ obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities. The goal of the ADA is for every person to have the right to participate in all aspects of society, including employment. Continue reading “What Are Reasonable Accommodations, and Why Do They Matter?”

Use Performance Improvement Plans to Empower Employees

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Dart on dartboardEvery manager has experienced an employee who is under-performing. Goals are not being met. The quality of their work is poor. This can bring down morale for the team and affect the overall goals of the entire organization. No manager really wants to deal with performance issues. However, it’s important and fair for the rest of the team, as well as the underperforming employee, that the issues are addressed and managed effectively.

Before deciding how to manage an underperforming employee, ask yourself a few questions to help determine whether this is a case of underperformance or misconduct, and identify the possible causes of underperformance: Continue reading “Use Performance Improvement Plans to Empower Employees”

Conquer Stress and Burnout with Your Team

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Employee holding up a help signWellness and well-being in the workplace are on trend, and it’s about time! We all have had or at least overheard conversations far too often about stress and anxiety in the workplace. Overflowing inboxes, growing to-do lists, and deadline pressures leave employees feeling overwhelmed and overworked. This can lead to burnout, and it affects your team and your organization. Thus, fixing and preventing burnout is something for which leadership should take part ownership.

How do you help employees learn to manage the stress that can cause burnout?  Some long-term solutions could be one or all of the following: Continue reading “Conquer Stress and Burnout with Your Team”