Why Isn’t Your Employee Back to Work? Creating a Successful Return-to-Work Program
by Vernell K. Goodridge
In a perfect world, no employee would be injured on the job. Unfortunately, employee injuries do occur. When they do, the best scenario would be that the on-the-job injury is minor and the employee would lose a minimal amount of time from work, would not get an attorney and there would be little to no disruption in an employer’s business operation due to the accident.
In most cases, that scenario is far from reality. We’ve all seen claims that have persisted for much longer than expected or wanted. Some employers have return-to-work programs to assist injured workers transition back to work, sometimes in very restricted and modified capacities, expeditiously.
The overall benefit of a good return-to-work program is apparent. However, there are many hurdles to an injured employee returning to work quickly and successfully after an accident.
to read an article by Cora Physical Therapy that discusses five common obstacles to having a successful return-to-work program and to getting an injured worker back on the job promptly after an injury. Employers should not be discouraged by these obstacles, but they should make every effort to work around the obstacles that are in their control to assist their employees back to work.
Vernell K. Goodridge is an assistant workers’ compensation claims manager for the Florida League of Cities.