One aspect of workers’ compensation that people might not hear about is a return-to-work program. This is a strategy designed to help you acclimate to a work environment after being away for a time because of injury or illness.
An RTW strategy takes time to put together and requires the collaboration of your employer and your health care provider. Here is a look at the role of an RTW program and how it can benefit you.
Depending on the type of injury you sustain, your recovery may require ongoing therapy and medical treatment. While you may lack the mobility to perform your job as you once did, this might be a temporary reality. An RTW program allows you the support you need to transition back to work in a controlled, safe and productive manner.
Your employer might need to modify aspects of your work environment to make it conducive to your needs. They could also consider adjusting your schedule, allowing more breaks or considering a hybrid setup that provides you a bit more time at home to recover while still completing some work-related tasks.
Research supports the fact that the sooner you return to work the less at risk you are of losing your motivation. Maintaining your job may boost your morale and encourage you to continue your recovery. According to U.S. News, an RTW program could also include vocational rehabilitation.
You may draw upon the experience and support of professionals to help you sharpen your skills. If your injury caused permanent disability, you may never be able to return to your former line of work. Vocational rehabilitation can help you with your resume and identifying transferrable skills.
Using your workers’ compensation benefits to the fullest will improve your recovery experience. Asking your employer about a RTW program may expedite your return to the workplace.