Resource Type: Video

Roles: Employers

Created On: 2018-03-14 - 17:18

Last Update On: 2020-01-08 - 13:56

(Chris Poot, Manager, Return to Work Program Services, WCB): There’s a myth and it’s – I think it’s slowly disappearing - that return to work is somehow punitive, and it’s not. It’s not a loss of entitlement or anything. We know that people recover faster when they go back to work and there are so many positive benefits to an injured worker that at times, I don’t understand how that still exists, but it does. Starting with the beginning, we have training for employers—formal training, that they get a certificate of completion on WCB basics, that’s understanding how the whole process works. And then secondly with a more specialized course on return to work, developing your own program. But we also do consulting services for some of the larger, more complex companies where we teach them and look at everything that they do on how to develop a really good and effective return to work program. We don’t charge anybody anything for this. This is a win for the board as well, so, the WCB’s perspective is that employers are getting better at this—this is exactly what our goal is. We’re prepared to invest the time, and energy, and the resources to do that, no charge to employers.