Doing the right thing at the right time to support ill or injured employees is a challenging and sensitive area of people management. If employees have to be away from work, maintaining contact, planning for a swift return, and arranging the necessary accommodations are important actions that managers take to support the recovery process. Managers must also ensure that the workplace is as safe and healthy as possible to help prevent injury and illness, and that it is fully inclusive of employees with disabilities.
The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) has launched a new handbook for managers in the federal public service on all aspects of disability management: Managing for Wellness – Disability Management Handbook for Managers in the Federal Public Service. The handbook clarifies how to provide appropriate support to employees to help them maintain their health, and what to do when illness or injury occurs.
The OCHRO’s Disability Management Initiative (DMI) developed the handbook in collaboration with over 135 people representing 36 departments and agencies, as well as bargaining agents. The handbook is available http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hrh/wds-mst/disability-incapacite-eng.asp.
Managing for Wellness is a one-stop resource on the legislation, policies, and services that support disability management, and on the benefits and services for ill or injured employees. It deals with both occupational and non-occupational illness and injury in a comprehensive and user-friendly manner.
We are confident that you will find the information helpful as you strive to achieve excellence in people management. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer’s Website offers many other guides and advice for managers on a wide range of subjects, including performance management, integrated planning, informal conflict resolution, classification, employment equity, values and ethics, talent management, and learning.
The DMI will continue to keep you posted as more Disability Management Initiative tools become available.
If you have any questions about the Disability Management Initiative, please contact DMI-PGLI@tbs-sct.gc.ca.