7 Steps for Getting Injured Employees Back On the Job

It can happen in a second. An employee lifts a box of supplies the wrong way and now he or she is out of work for several months. While we do our best to ensure employees are working in a safe environment, accidents happen. What happens after that accident, however, may determine just how expensive the injury is in the long run.

An effective return-to-work plan can decrease both workers’ compensation claims and expensive litigation cases.

Top Tips for Getting Injured Employees Back On the Job Include:

  1. Develop a return-to-work policy to ensure a consistent approach.
  2. Establish a central point of contact for the injured employee. This can be someone from the safety department, a human resources professional, or a dedicated return-to-work coordinator.
  3. Contact the injured employee and start an interactive process. Express your personal concern for the employee’s health and well-being. Describe the return-to-work process or let the employee know that someone will be in touch promptly with essential information about getting the case filed. Stay in touch and be available to answer the injured worker’s questions, or find someone who can.
  4. Provide information to the treating physician about the injury and the job. Include details about the incident, the employee’s job description and specific requirements, and your return-to-work policy.
  5. Research and evaluate possible accommodations, keeping in mind the needs of the employee and the organizations. Consider options like part-time, telecommuting, modified work duties, providing time off for medical appointments, and implementing reasonable accommodations. Share this information with the employee and, working with human resources and other appropriate departments, recommend a reassignment.
  6. Establish a timetable for return to work.
  7. Encourage and support the employee’s recovery. Talk with the treating physician about adjusting restrictions as the employee’s condition improves. Continue to communicate with the employee, the physician, and other relevant departments throughout the recovery process.

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