What is an Early Return to Work Program?
An Early Return to Work Program is designed to reduce employee downtime and assist employees in returning to work as soon as their medical condition or health allows. Benefits include reduced downtime, increased productivity, fewer work performance problems, improved morale, reduced claim cost and faster claim resolution. Programs usually include a workplace analysis to get a thorough assessment of the job’s physical requirements and technical skills. They also analyze the work area’s physical characteristics to ensure it is efficient and safe. Collaboration among the employer, employee and doctor ensures the injured employee can return to work without risk of re-injury.