Work is good. This basic fact drives our efforts to support safe and timely return to work of injured workers. Returning to work helps workers stay active and renews a sense of purpose. It also provides financial stability. Working is good for physical and mental health, and, in fact, it often helps speed healing.
Employers also benefit from return-to-work programs as they keep productivity loss to a minimum, keep a skilled and experienced worker, reduce the costs of recruiting new talent and reduce claim costs that, in turn, can reduce assessment premiums.
Making safe and sustainable work arrangements for recovering workers takes teamwork. Workers, employers, and health care providers all have important contributions to make to shift the focus from what a person can’t do to what they can do at the workplace.
Employers are integral. They:
• Keep in touch with injured workers throughout the recovery process to show they are valued and connected to the workplace
• Offer meaningful and productive modified duties or other suitable work that is safe and within their capabilities
• Ensure that supervisors and co-workers support injured workers during recovery
• Communicate the return-to-work program to staff
• Communicate and collaborate with all return-to-work partners
To help, WorkSafeNB has developed a set of tools. This kit will help you and your employees stay healthy and safe as well as supported through a return-to-work process. It’s all about making it easy for you and your employees to stay informed and connected.