Return-to-work program benefits employees and their company


What a wonderful world it would be if we could prevent all workplace injuries. But the fact is accidents happen and people get hurt. It’s what employers do after an injury that determines whether workers recover quickly or are kept out of work for an extended period. And that all starts with a plan.

The first step is having a program in place for reporting injuries. Early reporting is paramount, and this is where features such as SECURA’s Nurse Hotline can have a huge positive impact. Registered Nurses advise employees on the best treatment for an injury, which is often self-treatment, allowing them to return to work sooner.

However, if the injury results in medical treatment and a claim, a return-to-work program is both the employer’s and employee’s best friend. Here are some tips to consider in creating a program:

   •  Assess your readiness. A positive collaborative work environment is key. Meet with employees,
      union representatives, and managers to discuss goals and the impact it will have on the bottom line.

   •  Develop a proposal. Include role definitions for all stakeholders involved in the program.

   •  Identify possible transitional duties. The ideal transitional duty assignment is meaningful, easy
      to learn, requires minimal training, and has flexible hours. Create a written assignment for
      documenting a bona fide employment offer in the event of future disability litigation.

   •  Evaluate your program. Periodically evaluate your program to determine the long-term impact it is
      having on your organization. Have desired outcomes been achieved? Identify barriers to reaching
      your goals and address them.

For additional return-to-work tips and resources, contact your SECURA Commercial Lines agent or send an email to risk_management@secura.net.

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