Morneau Shepell-sponsored study highlights that disability management
programs must focus on health promotion and disability prevention, in
addition to helping employees get back to work
TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - A new report released by The Conference
Board of Canada and sponsored by Morneau Shepell (TSX: MSI) concludes
there is a solid business case for implementing an effective disability
management program to limit the negative effects of absenteeism. The
report also points out that such a program must be comprehensive to be
successful. It must not only include strategies to help employees
return to work but must also include health promotion and disability
The Conference Board report, Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program, is the second in a three-part series of publications for which Morneau
Shepell was a major sponsor.
"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."
"Based on Morneau Shepell's direct experience with its clients, cost
reductions of 15 per cent to 40 per cent are clearly achievable,"
continues Allen. "And both employees and supervisors are better
supported in dealing with the challenge of work absence and
disability. It makes so much sense to be strategic and not passive."
Morneau Shepell's Senior Vice-President of Health Management, Jean-Marc
Mackenzie, adds, "Absence and disability is an issue that impacts
almost every employer. It's important to remember is that a fully
effective strategy requires both prevention and professional disability
management, as well as the expertise to drive change. Our commitment at
Morneau Shepell is to make it easier and more seamless for
organizations to manage all points in the health continuum, and achieve
sustainable positive benefit."
Organizations providing data for The Conference Board study estimate the
direct cost of absenteeism averaged 2.4 per cent of gross annual
payroll in 2012, which works out to $16.6 billion. This figure does
not include indirect costs of absenteeism such as replacement costs for
absent workers, administrative expenses or the negative effects on
other workers or customers, suggesting the actual price tag is much
Morneau Shepell has been a leader in designing and delivering industry
changing disability case management solutions for organizations since
1998. The Company's case management addresses every type of disability
claim, typically starting from the fifth day of absence, through to the
return-to-work or the transition to long-term disability benefits, as
required. The focus is on workplace support and resolution of the major
drivers of employer costs and employee concerns, including mental
health, multiple diagnoses and challenging accommodation issues.
Morneau Shepell's integrative approach leverages multiple areas of
expertise in health, benefits, employee support, workplace health and
disability, to deliver seamless solutions for organizations.
For more information on Morneau Shepell, please visit: www.morneaushepell.com
About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the largest company in Canada offering human
resources consulting and outsourcing services. The Company is the
leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, as well as
the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans. Through
health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions,
Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee
productivity, and improve their competitive position. Established in
1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 8,000 clients, ranging from
small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations
in North America. With approximately 3,300 employees in offices across
North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau
Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: MSI). For more information, visit www.morneaushepell.com.
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