Workers are most satisfied when the worker and employer design the injured worker's Return to Work Plan together.
Working with the injured worker and the WCB to develop modified duties gives value to the employer, helps the injured worker stay connected to their workplace and start their recovery.
This can include changes to a worker's regular duties to allow them to continue their duties while they recover, or different duties that are safe for the worker to do while they recover.
Return to Work Tips
Keep these Return to Work tips in mind when someone at your business is hurt at work.
- Encourage early reporting of workplace injuries and give the worker the opportunity and space to report their claim.
- At the very least, report claims to the WCB within five days of the incident.
- Make sure the injured worker knows that you'll work with them to help them return to work as soon as possible.
- Get to know your worker's WCB adjudicator.
- Use a Functional Abilities Form (FAF).
- Work with industry-based safety programs if possible.
- Consider having a simple, basic Return to Work Plan in place.
Remember, the best Return to Work Plan is a "Stay at Work" Plan.