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Using Return-to-Work Programs to Improve Profits and Morale

Photo credit: Terapun
Photo credit: Terapun

Consider the unavoidable: Some percentage of a company’s employees will experience an illness or disability in any given year. For many employers, providing disability income insurance (DI) is the only solution for dealing with absent workers.

It’s a passive role, though, with the company waiting for the employee to return to work. In the meantime, co-workers or temporary staff try to cover their absent colleague’s duties. Employee morale, customer service and productivity might suffer, but that’s expected when an experienced employee is out—or is it?

Transitional work assignment: Employees can often return to work sooner by temporarily taking on another job within the department or organization as long as it complies with all medical restrictions.

Work hardening program: Using real or simulated tasks and conditioning exercises or therapies to provide a transition between acute care and successful return to work.

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