Despite decreases in claim frequency over the past 20 years, employee injuries are still an unfortunate part of the workplace. A survey of occupational physicians suggests that up to 70% of lost time is not medically necessary. The most successful programs return an employee to work and life, resulting in reduced cost and employee absenteeism. Having a job available that will allow the employee to return to work at less than 100% capacity is the key.
RTW can help in two ways:
1. Assist you with creating or improving a formal Return-to-Work program.
- Assessment of current R-T-W program and needs
- On-site assessment to identify transitional/light-duty work options
- Assistance with establishing formal written job descriptions for transitional/light-duty jobs
- Communication plan to all stakeholders
- Company training to implement a formal transitional/light-duty program
2. When transitional duty jobs are difficult to find in your organization, we offer RTW PlaceRite®, a national network of nonprofit organizations that provide jobs that fit most injured employees medical restrictions.
Employers who use RTW PlaceRite® see significant benefits and results, including:
- ADA approved work environment
- Shifts focus from pain to recovery
- Allows recovery to take priority over production expectations
- Provides real work for continued pay (by Employer)
- Keeps injured worker engaged in work and life
- Keeps employees from becoming dependent on work comp system
- Positive public relations for company within the community (some states offer community tax credits)
- 92% of injured workers’ benefits were terminated within one week of referral
– 25% participated in Return-to-Work program
– 16% refused work, benefits terminated
– 51% returned to full duty work, benefits terminated
- Average lost time per claim reduced by 28 days
- Re-injury rate less than ½%