Terri L. Rhodes is CEO of the Disability Management Employer Coalition. Terri was an Absence and Disability Management Consultant for Mercer, and also served as Director of Absence and Disability for Health Net and Corporate IDM Program Manager for Abbott Laboratories.
In addition to updating job descriptions and assessing accommodations, employers should track cases of COVID and Long COVID, whether that means monitoring information from insurance companies or using an in-house method.
The first line of defense against mental and behavioral health issues is ensuring employers have the tools to effectively address them. Understanding the five stages of behavioral health is a big step in that direction.