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Focusing on Your Most Valuable Asset—Your Workforce

Your Partner at Work

The Partners Group (TPG) knows that your employees are your most valuable asset. For more than 35 years, TPG has been partnering with employers to design, implement, and measure integrated disability and absence management strategies that focus on workforce health and productivity.   


Your Challenge

Your company’s health starts with your employees’ health. When your employees aren’t working, your business doesn’t work at it’s best. Employee absence can have a profound effect on an organization’s costs, productivity and employee engagement. Efficiently and effectively managing the complexity of federal and state leave and accommodation laws is challenging at best. Consistently tracking leaves, return to work programs, integration with other plans and procedures, and mitigating the risk of non-compliance all play a key role in the total cost of absence and the health of your company and your employees.

Our Solutions

TPG Total Absence Management services include:

Program Assessment

  • Review of current policies and procedures
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for mitigating compliance risk
  • Assist in interpreting federal and state leave laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Integrate health and productivity programs to provide a holistic approach to workforce well-being

Total Cost of Absence Analysis

  • Measure the direct and indirect costs of absence, resulting in an ROI analysis to support program enhancement
  • Benchmark absence and disability performance against industry peers

Program Management

  • Deploy solutions including technology, vendor partnerships, and process redesign to enhance HR effectiveness, improve employee experience and reduce the total cost of absence
  • Vendor selection, project, and implementation support
  • Design and implement return-to-work and stay-at-work programs
  • Provide regular frontline supervisor training
  • Design custom dashboards to integrate health, leave and disability data


Next Steps

We create strategies that benefit your financial position as well as your employees’ well-being. Our clients call this client-centered approach exceptional. We call it being a good partner. Learn more about how the TPG Total Absence Management team can help you improve your workforce health and productivity through the design, implementation, and measurement of your integrated disability and total absence management strategy.

Contact Us to see if we might be a good fit.  

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Our Team

The industry-leading absence management team at The Partners Group provides a highly consultative approach coupled with problem-solving and integrated analytics to help our clients:
• Reduce health and productivity costs
• Remain compliant with state and federal regulations
• Improve employee health and well-being
• Create long-term financial stability

We are driven by an unyielding dedication to your success. We are armed with the kind of expertise only 35+ years of experience can bring. We use our depth, breadth, and resources to enhance value, control costs and take work off your plate instead of heaping it on.

Patty’s collaborative approach to working with clients to improve business performance has been the cornerstone of her career. With more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits field, Patty has designed and implemented Total Absence Management strategies, integrated disability programs, alternative funding arrangements, retirement plans, paid time off policies, long-term care plans, and executive benefit programs for both large international corporations and small regional employers.

Before joining The Partners Group, Patty was employed as a General Manager with a Fortune 500 insurance company. Patty has been trusted by many companies including Nike, Adventist Health, St. Charles Health System, Fortive, Lithia Motors, Milestone Retirement Community, and Tree Top.

Patty graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s in Business Finance. She is a licensed Life and Health Insurance Consultant.

Contact: | 503.726.5718

Prior to joining The Partners Group, John spent 17 years with a Fortune 500 insurance carrier in field sales and leadership positions in the western region. His experience on the carrier side helps him communicate the complex business of employee benefits to his clients in a simpler, more transparent way. John’s consults with national account size employers specializing in benefit plan design, absence management, disability, life insurance, voluntary benefits, enrollment and technology, as well as executive level benefits.

As a former board member of a children’s hospital in Arizona, John enjoys giving back to the communities in which he lives and works. He was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resource Management in 1996. He is licensed in Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance.

John is married with two young children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.

Contact: | 458.206.2008

Brycie has spent the entirety of her career in absence and disability management. Her journey began administering FMLA leaves for one of our nation’s largest retailers, and she soon advanced to oversee an Absence and Disability Benefits program for a private financial services firm. She implemented several successful absence solutions, including harmonizing policy and practice, creating a formal ADA evaluation process, and integrating a leave management software solution.

Brycie’s intimate knowledge of the challenges and successes, from the employer’s perspective, of maintaining and growing an effective absence and disability program while managing the ever-changing regulatory environment is something she is passionate about sharing with her clients in her consulting role.

Contact: | 503.941.4328

Christine brings over ten years of absence management and disability experience in the non- and for-profit sectors, as well as over fifteen years of experience in various Human Resources roles, to our Total Absence Management consulting team. Her extensive background on the client side of absence management and disability helps her identify with, navigate, and create solutions for unique client challenges.

Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has had her PHR Certification since 2006.

In her free time, Christine volunteers at her daughters’ school and her church. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, golfing, reading, staying active, and going out to eat.

Contact: | 503.941.2360