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It’s time to ditch the workarounds and get serious about maintaining a remote workforce. Have you assessed workers comp, ergonomics, insurance risks and liabilities for employees working from home? How about sustaining morale and productivity as working remotely drags on? Join us for a primer.

On the panel:

Allan Brown, Director of Ergonomics, MEMIC

Allan Brown has been working directly with Maine companies to help them manage workplace injuries for over 35 years, providing rehabilitation services on-site at several of Maine’s largest employers. He utilizes traditional clinical tools along with ergonomics to address the causes of injuries and to enhance recovery, a model that has created a paradigm shift in work injury management. He has been published on the model in several professional publications and presented nationally on the topics of ergonomics and on-site care.

Allan earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Pennsylvania State University, and he also has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Howard University, and continued his ergonomics training at the University of Michigan.

Anastasia Bean, Claims Analyst, Cross Insurance Anastasia Bean has been a Claims Advocate for Cross Insurance since 2015. She specializes in multi-line Property & Casualty insurance, and provides claims management and advocacy for Cross Insurance’s customers in the New England Coastal Region.  As a claims service specialist, she serves as a liaison between customers and the insurance carriers and advises customers in the areas of risk management and loss mitigation. A native of Brewer, Anastasia graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 and lived in Portland for eight years. She currently resides just north of Boston where she enjoys running in her free time, cheering on her favorite New England sports teams and spending summers on Sebago Lake.

Lisa Whited, Founder, Workplace Transformation Facilitation

Lisa Whited is a workplace strategy and change management consultant who has been helping organizations be more effective with virtual working. She is a Senior Associate at Advanced Workplace Associates in the UK and is the founder of Workplace Transformation Facilitation based in Portland.

About the moderator:

Hosted by Business Projects Editor Carol Coultas. Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She oversaw an award-winning staff as the business editor at the Press Herald from 2014 to 2019. This year, she transitioned to a new role as Business Projects Editor, focusing on events, an intern program and other projects to support quality, Maine business journalism.

Resources from the discussion Provided by Lisa Whited and Allan Brown

Karen Plum’s blog posts:
Team Empowerment Happens When Managers Work For Their Teams
Why Does She Get To Work From Home When I Can’t?

Building and Sustaining Strong Teams When Working From Home

GitLab remote work policy

Spark Collaboration – great for creating “spontaneous” connections in a virtual world

Friday App – great resource for supporting virtual teams and works with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and others (and is a local company).

OSHA ergonomics diagram

Resource for Vision Clarification – an exercise any organization or team can do to clarify vision.

Article about change, including two vision exercises

Resources from MEMIC


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