Appendix B

The Employer May Benefit By:

  • Reduced staff turnover and training costs by retaining experienced and knowledgeable workers.
     
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to the rehabilitation process.
     
  • Improved morale and employee relations by offering Return-to-Work plans for both work-related and non-work-related injury or illness.
     
  • Minimized non-recoverable expenses such as employee benefits, the hiring and training of replacement workers, and the cost of inexperienced workers.
     
  • Improved accident experience, which may be important for companies bidding on contracts.
     
  • Completion of tasks that may have been delayed due to other priorities.
     
  • Decreased the number of grievances and arbitrations.

Injured/Ill Worker May Benefit By:

  • Maintaining the employment relationship, which provides job security and financial independence.
     
  • Minimizing the loss of physical fitness and muscle tone due to inactivity.
     
  • Maintaining financial credibility.  Financial institutions are uncomfortable about renewing mortgages and loans if their client is without a job.
     
  • Maintaining in-house/company pension plans, medical benefits, dental plans, and group life insurance.
     
  • Maintaining vacation/sick day benefits.
     
  • Maintaining social contact and support from co-workers and friends.
     
  • Focusing on their abilities and not their disabilities.
     
  • Maintaining dignity and self worth by remaining productive.
     
  • Maintaining necessary job skills.
     
  • Alleviating feelings of dependency and lack of control.
     
  • Being able to return earlier to a healthy and productive life.
     
  • Reducing the amount of time for recovery.

Co-Workers May Benefit By:

  • Improved productivity because skilled and productive workers are kept on the job.
     
  • Minimized accident costs, including workers’ compensation costs as well as non-recoverable expenses such as employee benefits, the hiring and training of replacement workers, and the cost of inexperienced workers.
     
  • Improved accident experience, which may be important for companies bidding on contracts.
     
  • Completion of meaningful alternative duties that may not have otherwise been done due to other priorities.

The Union May Benefit By:

  • Preservation of  jobs, seniority, benefits, and so on for injured/ill workers.
     
  • Promotion of cooperative labor/management relations.
     
  • Increased awareness that the union is there to protect workers’ interests and well being.
     
  • Decreased number of grievances and arbitrations.

The Health Care Professional May Benefit By:

  • Providing focused and coordinated treatment for the injured/ill worker through the Return-to-Work Program.
     
  • Using the cooperative approach, which allows for more efficient use of health care resources, which are directed toward a specific goal - the return to work of an injured/ill worker.

The Family May Benefit By:

  • Continued income.
     
  • Reduced medical expense.
     
  • Reduced impact on family relations.

Support Networks such as Consultants, Community, and Friends May Benefit By:

  • Being able to provide more focused assistance and help.
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