Are you having difficulty doing your job?
The Standard Insurance Company offers the Workplace Possibilities Program (WPP) to assist eligible employees who may be having difficulty performing job duties due to a medical condition. This program offers an alternative to going on long-term disability.
They offer consultations that may lead to providing accommodations or services to promote a healthier workplace. Examples include an ergonomic evaluation for specialized seating, a sit/stand work station (for those who need to change positions frequently throughout the workday), lifting devices, specialized shoes, etc. Each employee's situation is unique and each deserves and receives individualized, respectful attention to his or her difficulties.
The Standard provides these services as a benefit in the long-term disability (LTD) policy. It is called the Reasonable Accommodation Expense benefit. It allows Standard to use the services of a local consultant with expertise in ergonomics and case management (either medical or vocational) to evaluate and help overcome barriers caused by medical limitations. The provision also allows Standard to provide any adaptive equipment suggested by the consultant after an on-site visit and as approved by the employer.
In the past, you may have heard that an employee within 6 months of normal retirement is ineligible for the program. Employees are eligible for consideration for this program until they become eligible for normal retirement.
Find more information by downloading the Workplace Possibilities Program handout.
If you think assistance through the Workplace Possibilities Program could help you stay on the job and avoid going on long-term disability, contact your HR office or MOSERS for more information.