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July 2020 – Is This the Tail?

“Is this the tail?” A Canadian based Employee Assistance Plan provider, Morneau Shepell, published a study suggesting that 72% of employees surveyed, reported that Mental Health problems had negatively impacted their career (note 1). Whether this career impact was real or just perceived, is it any wonder that employees do not wish to disclose Mental […]

May 2020 – “I think I can, I think I can!”

This month I want to take a look at a slightly different concept, self-efficacy and how it can help us predict a successful return to work.Self-efficacy is a surprisingly specific term that is often misused to describe confidence or motivation, but its true meaning refers to an individual’s belief about their capability to execute a […]

February 2020 – Making Mental Health Mainstream!

The World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day was observed on 10th October – and gives us the opportunity to pause and think about how we can better support those who are struggling with their mental health. I am increasingly persuaded that we need to address mental health issues in a more systematic way, not […]

December 2019 – Unreported MH Issues

Unreported Mental Health Issues… We have been working with the Council for Disability Awareness, helping to push to understand more about the drivers of disability. One project, looking at the influence of mental health on disability claims, has been most revealing. For a while, The Claim Lab has been recording claimants’ levels of depression and […]

October 2019 – Understand Your Workforce

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to be invited to present at the Disability Management Employers Coalition (DMEC) annual conference. I shared the platform with two industry experts, Carol Harnett and Ed Quick. The topic was quality of data, and we coalesced our different perspectives to a common conclusion…. Claims data is poor and […]

April 2019 – Chili Sause!

Last month we started a series of newsletters (February) to introduce the concept of data enrichment of claims information and we discussed how this will help us to understand what’s really preventing return to work for complex claims. Maybe for those short term disability plans of 3 to 6 months, the duration is driven by […]

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