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Returning back to work after an injury can be stressful and intimidating. Employees might worry that the injury could flare up at any time, or stop them from completing their duties properly. They may be self conscious about their absence from the workplace for a period of time and be unsure of the affect this has had on the team, or their place within it.

By offering suitable duties and implementing a return to work plan for injured workers, individuals will feel supported and at ease with the process of returning to work.

Also known as a light duties plan or alternative duties plan, this is simply a selection of meaningful duties the injured employee can accomplish without the risk of re injury or re-aggravation.

Suitable duties are typically used as a pathway to recovery whilst injuries heal and employees work their way back to their full duties / prior positions.

A return to work plan is a written plan developed in consultation with the worker, the supervisor and the reviewing Doctor that clearly defines how the worker and the employer will progress towards a safe return to work.

Return to work or suitable duties plans are important as they thoroughly explain to both parties not only the process but also consider any precautionary restrictions that may apply to returning to work.  They also outline what’s expected from both the employee and the employer so that everyone has a clear path forward.

KINNECT’s return to work plans are tailored to the company and employee’s specific requirements, and account for all aspects of the role, the injury, current medical advice and the specific requirements of worker and employer. Our challenge is to work out the best way to support the worker assimilating back into your company’s work processes in a safe and timely fashion.

Whilst our suitable duties plans are carefully tailored, there is a certain amount of general information we incorporate into our plans.

General information includes:

  • Understanding and reporting on the employee’s abilities and current restrictions
  • A review of the job description and job requirements
  • Implementation of workplace modification and adjustments

Preferred Provider – Who’s your partner when injuries occur?

Injuries in the workplace are inevitable, so it’s important to be prepared and think about who you’ll need to rely on to resolve issues when the occur.

When serious injuries happen, it’s likely that you’ll end up lodging a claim with your workers compensation insurer who, if you’re not partnered with one already, will assign an occupational rehabilitation provider, such as KINNECT, to the claim.

This occupational rehabilitation provider will work with you, the injured worker, and any of the treating health professionals to help get the injured worker back to work as soon, and as safe, as possible.

Because this is such an important relationship, it’s a good idea to elect your preferred provider in advance, so that you have the power to choose an organisation that offers exactly what you need and that you can trust to partner with you long-term to resolve issues.

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