A Return to Work (RTW) program enables employers to facilitate an employee’s return to work as soon as it is medically approved. Statistics support that bringing injured employees back to work in a temporary modified duty capacity results in reduced workers compensation costs AND expedites their return to full duty status. In addition, the injured worker is contributing to the business in a meaningful way by doing work that would have to be transferred to another employee.
The program emphasizes employer/employee efforts to return the employee to the productive workforce, whether to the same duties and tasks performed prior to the injury or to modified light duty tasks. An employee’s return to the job enhances productivity, reduces employee turnover, and minimizes employee-related costs.
The modified duty need not be at the pre-injury position or wage, but at a position that allows for continued work that is consistent with the employee’s ability to perform given the injury and medical direction. Studies have shown that the sooner an injured employee returns to work in any capacity, the more likely they are to eventually reestablish a full duty schedule and full productivity. Studies have also illustrated that the longer the employee is off the job, the less likely the employee is to return to the place of employment or to a full duty status.
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