Going back to work after an injury may feel intimidating and unsettling. Even if you have received medical clearance, returning to the workplace after a hiatus often has its own challenges.
If your employer implements a return-to-work program for injured workers, your transition may receive crucial support. With a fine-tuned RTW program, you can get the help you need as you reacclimate to your job and the workplace environment.
Smoothing the transition
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have had to take a significant amount of time away from work. Despite your absence, work continued and you may feel a bit out of the know. A good RTW program anticipates the uncertainty you may feel and can provide you with the resources you need to gradually find your footing again. Some of the actions your employer may implement to smooth your transition include the following:
- Modifying your responsibilities while you readjust
- Allowing you to telecommute while you recover
- Suggesting alternative roles if your injury prevents you from returning to your former job
- Providing necessary modifications to help you perform your job
A severe workplace injury may have a serious impact on your life and your ability to do your job. According to U.S. News, some workers’ compensation programs cover rehabilitative therapies, as well as vocational support if you need assistance finding a new job.
Your employer’s RTW program can facilitate your success and help you feel motivated to return to work with a customized plan that meets your needs. An attorney can help you file a claim with your employer, as well as serve as your advocate when you plan to return to the workplace.