What does returning to work after an injury really mean?
It means workers, employers, healthcare providers and the WCB create plans that help injured workers get back to work in a safe, gradual manner when they are ready, often with modified or alternate duties.
A return to work plan with safe and suitable duties helps workers and employers.
- Recover more quickly and completely
- Maintain job stability, knowledge and relationships with co-workers
- Stay connected and get back on track sooner
- Reduce the financial impact of an injury
- Retain valuable team members and help them feel supported in the event of an injury
- Keep workers connected to the workplace
- Reduce the cost of training replacements
- Minimize WCB costs
- Maintain productivity
As an employer, learn more about how you can help plan a safe return to work for your employees:
Return to work is an essential component of your patient’s recovery.
- There is substantial evidence to support the positive link between work and health (physical, mental and social health).
- Absence from work often contributes to declining health, slower recovery times, and longer duration of disability.
- Maintaining and restoring working capacity improves function, recovery and prognosis.
As a healthcare provider, learn more about how you can be part of a safe return to work plan.
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Whether you’re an injured worker, employer of a small or large business, or a healthcare provider, we’re here to help you through the process and to understand and fulfil your role in recovery.
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