RTW Benefits for Employees
- Speeds recovery and improves outcomes
- Keeping the injured employee physically active and on a normal work schedule contributes to the healing process by maintaining physical conditioning, self-confidence, quality of life, and function.
- Maintains self-esteem
- Providing meaningful modified or transitional work helps employees feel like a productive member of society and it promotes wellness through contact with fellow employees.
- Reduces financial impact
- Many injured employees experience reduced wages due to an injury while they are away from work as workers’ compensation benefits are not designed to completely supplement the employee’s lost wages. By working in a modified or transitional duty position employees may have less financial burden and stress, which aids in the healing process.
RTW Benefits for Employers
- Retains good employees.
- Implementing an RTW program tells employees their employer values them and is concerned about their well being.
- Reduces hiring and training costs while maintaining the existing employees knowledge base.
- Manages the impact of injuries on workers’ compensation premiums.
- Returning injured employees to work reduces medical and indemnity costs of the claims. Lower medical and indemnity costs lead to lower premiums. Lower premiums allow employers to utilize those funds elsewhere, such as growing their business, offering other benefits to their employees, etc.
- Reduces fraudulent claims.
- Returning an injured employee to work while they are healing from their injury may reduce the chance that employees would submit a false claim of injury in order to take time off work.
RTW Benefits for Employees & Employers
- Provides a structure for managing injuries.
- When an employee is injured, the last thing on anyone’s mind is insurance. Having a RTW program in place ahead of time can ensure that the employee gets prompt medical care while simultaneously taking care of the necessary paperwork.
- Fosters communication between employers, employees, medical providers, and MSF claims examiners.
- Maneuvering through the claim process can be confusing. A RTW program can ensure effective communication and lead to improved outcomes when all parties are on the same page.
For more information on how Return to Work promotes recovery and improved outcomes, please see the following articles.
American Family Physician Journal
Evaluation and Treatment of the Acutely Injured Worker
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Intervention Characteristics that Facilitate Return to Work After Sickness Absence – A Systematic Literature Review
“We do everything we can to get the individual back to work. The sooner they are back with the crew, the faster the recovery time seems to be.”
– Keith Ferguson, Jackson Contractor Group
“We see our return to work program as a firm commitment to our employees that we care about their health and safety and that we value having them at our organization. Transitional duty programs also offer our employees an opportunity to see how other parts of the business are run and they obtain a new perspective about their role in our industry.”
– Karen Harrison, Missoula Developmental Services Corporation