Employer’s role in accommodating injured workers
An employee return to work after an injury boosts morale, prevents recruitment and training expenses, maintains workplace productivity, and avoids wage replacement. In turn, letting an injured worker return to work sooner allows them to earn and be productive during their period of recovery.
A recent study concluded that employees are more likely to return to the job if their employer works with the limitations the injury has caused. Those in charge should attempt to draft an effective transitional program for an injured employee returning to the office. To ensure that the injured worker will remain safe while doing their duties, managers can modify tasks depending on their needs and limitations. If the employee is completely unable to perform their previous duties, the employer may choose to provide them with an entirely new work assignment fit for their restrictions.
WorkSTEPS has carefully designed tests that can help determine the limitations and capabilities of an injured worker. Let our team help you design transitional work duties for returning injured workers through our Fit-for-Duty Evaluation, Functional Capacity Evaluation, or our Sincerity of Effort Test. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more.