How to Create a Return to Work Program

Unfortunately for the manufacturing industry, workplace accidents are quite common. While fostering a safe work environment can reduce the frequency and severity of these incidents, injuries still happen. Therefore, it’s important to establish a return to work program to minimize the time the employee spends away from their job, costing your business money and morale. In addition to taking these recommended steps for proper implementation, ensure you are equipped with a customized Glen Rock Workers’ Compensation policy.

First and foremost, a written policy should be communicated to your employees- one that reflects your commitment to getting injured employees treated and back to work as soon as possible. Next, report injuries immediately. The longer you wait, the more money it will end up costing your business and the more time your employee will be out.

It’s important that your employee be treated by a medical professional that is approved by your insurance. This way, the doctor is more likely to understand the scope of risks and job duties that the employee is expected to perform before he or she is able to return to work. However, it’s still recommended that you provide a detailed description of the employee’s duties just to be safe.

Next, keep in touch with the injured employee. There’s no better way to show you care about the recovery of your employee by checking in with them and communicating with the doctor about their treatment.

Investigate the incident thoroughly to determine how it occurred and how you can stop it from happening again. Talk to witnesses, get testimonies, examine equipment, and develop a strategy that will make the process safer for the future.

Once the doctor approves their return, do your best to accommodate them. For example, according to the Cooperative of American Physicians, successful return to work of injured workers is more likely to be achieved if alternate, transitional duties are available in your workplace, so:

  • Plan ahead and identify potential transitional duty opportunities
  • Develop job descriptions that describe physical requirements and other requirements of all positions within your facility.

At David G. Sayles Insurance Services, we design policies that are tailored to meet your business’ specific risk exposures. We have access to several markets which have allowed us to successfully serve Glen Rock and the surrounding areas for the past 35 years. For more information about our products, contact us today at (855) 977-1842.