Multi-Cultural and Diverse Workforce Impacts Workman's Comp Insurance Strategies Written by Mark Kraemer on 8/31/2016 2:58 AM in Employee Management, Workforce Barriers, Diverse Workforce. It has 3 Comments. Today’s workforce is increasingly diverse, complicating employee management decisions and demanding the evolution of your existing workers’ comp programs. Is your business prepared to meet the challenges of today’s multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce? Multi-cultural workforce issues Language barriers can cause workers’ comp issues when employees can’t communicate with physicians. Do your employees have access to multi-lingual reporting lines, physicians, treatment, and workers’ comp information? Health issues like obesity and diabetes vary by location and ethnic group, with access to care a significant issue for minorities. Do your providers offer convenient access to better manage this group? Multi-generational workforce issues In workers’ comp return-to-work programs: Gen-X: lacks employer loyalty, but responds well to telecommuting and job-sharing. Gen-Y: overall the most heavily medicated, Gen-Y must be managed closely during workers’ comp treatment. Of the 5 generations currently sharing workplace space, do you have procedures in place to communicate with each (electronic versus paper)? Issues of the aging workforce Baby Boomers, one-fifth of the workforce, suffer more disabilities and also take longer to heal. Are your older workers aware of the need for the prompt reporting of on-the-job injuries and the role this plays in ensuring a timely recovery? Boomers, dependent on their full work income, are far more motivated to return to work following injury. Do you have top-quality return-to-work programs in place so that both of you can benefit from their prompt return, such as modified duties with lighter physical requirements or technology to ease the transition? Employee management issues have you wishing you could throw in the towel? Don’t fret - Minnesota Comp Advisor can help you meet and surmount today’s workforce challenges. Contact us today.