Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs
Returning to work after an occupational illness or injury can be challenging, especially if an employer does not have a plan to ease employees back into the workforce.
Return-to-work programs support returning employees and alleviate these concerns by providing adjustments such as shortened hours, lighter workloads, and modified tasks.
These programs, designed to allow staff to successfully reintegrate back into their role, offer benefits for both employees and their employers.
Benefits for Employees
Reduced financial uncertainty. In many cases, employees can gradually return to work and begin earning more money as opposed to collecting disability benefits.
Sense of security and stability. Return-to-work programs ensure employees retain their position at the company. They will know exactly what to expect when they return. It offers a clear and defined sense of purpose.
Improved chances of returning to work. A successful program may not only help speed up an employee’s reentry, but also increase the chances they even return to the company.
Greater connections. It can be isolating for employees to be away from the social atmosphere of the workplace. Programs can help employees stay connected to management and staff by continuing the recovery process in the company of co-workers rather than at home.
Boosted skills. Programs allow employees to maintain and learn new valuable job skills by having them return sooner rather than later.
Benefits for Employers
Increased retention. Programs help retain staff and reduce turnovers by allowing employees keep in contact with the company and return to work as soon as they are able.
Improved productivity. As opposed to hiring and training replacements, having experienced staff return to work under a return-to-work program can boost productivity.
Boosted morale. Programs show that employers care about their employee’s recovery and value the employee’s role in the organization.
Higher employee engagement. When an employee has a set plan to return, everyone is able to feel more confident moving forward. Employees stay engaged with their employer, preparing for their reentry.
Lower cost. Programs cut workers’ compensation costs by allowing staff to gradually start working and collect less in disability benefits. Employers can avoid costs associated with hiring and training replacements.