While injuries on the job are usually covered by a workers’ compensation plan, this is simply a program to help defray the financial burden for the employee that was injured. As an employee begins to heal from his or her injuries, return to work (RTW) programs are an organized way to help re-assimilate the employee back into the workforce.
The Goal of an RTW
Employees that have suffered a severe injury may not be able to return to their original job for several months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work. With an RTW, a temporary assignment of meaningful employment encourages employees to come back to work and be productive, even though they are waiting on their injury to fully heal. These programs will accommodate the physical restrictions an employee may be under, and assignments are always done under the guidance of a doctor.
The Benefits of an RTW
Getting an employee back into the swing of things after an injury offers several benefits. First of all, it raises company morale and encourages team members to look after one another. It also lowers the long-term costs associated with workplace injuries, one of those costs being workers’ compensation insurance. An RTW helps the company maintain steady productivity, even when they may seem short-staffed.
Every company should have an RTW in place. It supports a workers’ compensation plan, but it benefits both the injured party and the company alike.