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Managing Accommodation

It is important for managers to be aware of what may be necessary or prudent when providing workplace accommodations. There is a legal duty to offer reasonable accommodation when an employee is suffering from a disability. Even when the law is not engaged, reasonably accommodating staff can provide opportunities for maximizing productivity. Knowing the opportunities and limitations will allow managers to be as effective as possible with all employees.

In this series of videos below John is faced with a decision. He will be given two options. Depending on which one he chooses, his day will take a turn.

Watch the videos in sequence. Some of the videos have questions to answer after watching them. Where there are videos for two possibilities, watch both, and then answer the questions after watching the second one. Your answers to questions may trigger brief additional videos.

Managing Accommodation: Videos

1. Beginning0:51

Mark is stressed out and can't deal with it anymore. What does John do?

2. Possibility 1: Pep talk0:54

See what happens if John gives Mark a quick pep talk about his importance to the team.

3. Possibility 2: Ask first4:57

See what happens if John first gets advice from his mentor - and a bit more to think about.

4. Following through7:55

John takes Rebecca's advice and talks with Mark. What are the results?

5. Rebecca's email

Read Rebecca's email to John with details on workplace accommodation.

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1. Beginning

Mark is stressed out and can't deal with it anymore. What does John do?

2. Possibility 1: Pep talk

See what happens if John gives Mark a quick pep talk about his importance to the team.

3. Possibility 2: Ask first

See what happens if John first gets advice from his mentor - and a bit more to think about.

4. Following through

John takes Rebecca's advice and talks with Mark. What are the results?

5. Rebecca's email

Read Rebecca's email to John with details on workplace accommodation.