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Returning To Work After A Workplace Injury

Around 175,000 workplace injuries that occurred in 2016 and 2017 caused workers to stay at home for more than seven days. While the recuperation might be trying, the return to the office may be even more so. Employers may be concerned about the staff member’s road to recovery and also the effect it may have on their business. The staff member has an obligation to take care of their health but there is also that underlying fear that they will be replaced. Discover ways To alleviate the fear and remain relevant.

Employers Don’t Want To Lose The Experience

Employees are often intimidated to return to the office as they may feel that their employers will want to replace them due to the time spent away. Employers, on the other hand, cannot afford to lose the experience and skill of their workers and if the task can still be performed by that employee, they would rather create the optimum work environment for that to happen. Good employees are an invaluable asset to employers and to keep them there means a great deal. For employees, this means knowing that their employer still needs their skills and stepping up to the plate as much as possible.

Focus On Regaining Health First

While it’s tempting to rush back into a job and slogging away for hours a day, it’s more important to focus on regaining health. This means resting when needed, going for physical therapy, and even changing roles to ensure the healing process happens smoothly. Different work-related injuries require different approaches, but the underlying rule of thumb remains not to ignore any injury sustained while working. Employees should seek medical attention as soon as possible to minimize further injury and start the road to recovery as soon as possible. Not taking proper care of the injury could cause a relapse which doesn’t help employee or employer.

Keep Your Skills Relevant

When injured limbs or other parts of the body required to perform a specific function at work, continuous effort to improving functionality is important. If not, it may be a good idea to develop other skills in order to remain relevant. This is especially important if the person injured is required to seek another position. A good way to find a new position after sustaining an injury is by working with a work coach or a disability employment advisor.

Reentering the workplace doesn’t need to be as daunting as it seems thanks to a few helpful tips. Those returning to the workforce can arm themselves with knowledge to take them through the various stages of recovery while still being a valuable asset to their employer.


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