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Problems with Employment

 

It was mentioned in the doc “1-3 months” that occasionally industrial and workplace issues prove to be a major barrier to an injured worker returning to full or near full capacity in their pre-injury job. Problems cited included:

  • An employer being reluctant to accept an injury is work related (despite liability being partially or fully accepted by the insurer) and is therefore also reluctant to support the restrictions made on the medical certificate.
  • An employer not being aware or being unwilling to accept their obligations to provide suitable duties for an injured worker
  • An employer agreeing to provide but then not accommodating the restrictions or hours on the medial certificate.
  • Lack of management and co-worker support - an attitude that the injured worker is a malingerer, weak or not pulling their weight and therefore “dragging the chain”.
  • Subsequent problems with the injured worker being fearful of returning to work

 

Four months after injury it should be clear for most workers, except those with major and complex injuries what the attitude and support from their employer is likely to be when they attempt to return to work.   Recommendations were made that workers:

  1. Try to be aware of the challenges you as an  employer faces and be understanding of your situation
  2. Try to discuss concerns with key staff
  3. Make sure they have a good and experienced rehabilitation provider and experienced case manager who is a good negotiator and mediator.  They can be helpful in explaining  the situation and getting support for common goals acceptable to all parties

 

What you, the employer need to consider:

 

  1. Try and be aware of the challenges workers face and be understanding of their situation
  2. Try to discuss concerns with your employee
  3. Educate and advise key staff involved in the return to work process of your injured worker
  4. Create and encourage a supportive environment
  5. Make sure you have a good and experienced rehabilitation provider and experienced case manager who is a good negotiator and mediator.  They can be helpful in explaining  the situation and getting support for common goals acceptable to all parties
  6. Consider mediation if suggested

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