Getting Employees Back on their Feet and Back to Work
Every year, 4.1 million employees experience work-related injuries or illnesses in America. 1.12 million of those employees lose work days as a result to their injury or illness. With the average employee missing eight days per injury, a minor injury can cause a major domino effect felt across your public entity for weeks to come.
The data is crystal clear: the longer an injured employee is away from work, the more it will cost the employer. Although these unfortunate workplace accidents do happen, a return to work program can mitigate the effects of these situations, getting your employees back on their feet quickly. A common Worker’s Compensation cost containment strategy, return to work programs are designed to help employees transition back into a productive role while recovering from injury, and lower the financial impact that comes with an injured employee.
A return to work program is essential for you because it:
- Boosts morale
- Keeps injured employees productive
- Discourages abuse
- Can anticipate and control hidden costs
- Reduces financial impact
- Provides a proactive approach to cost containment
Similarly, a return to work program will benefit employees because it:
- Allows them to work despite physical restrictions while recovering
- Maintains income level
- Retains status within the company
- Avoids boredom associated with long periods recovering at home
- Keeps them in tune with important company announcements, events, meetings, etc.
- Maintains body conditioning and helps them return to their pre-injury strength and condition level
- Quickens recovery process
For a successful return to work program, documentation and employee communication are key. At Assurance, we have it covered. Our employee communication pieces take out the mystery of the return to work process, so your public entity employees can focus on their rehab and recovery instead of worrying about filling out the wrong form. Contact an Assurance representative today to learn how to get your employees back on their feet.
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