Step 8

Educate The Workforce

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The key to the success of a Return-to-Work program is partnership among workers, employers, and health care providers, and a shared commitment to the goal of returning injured workers to employment.
 
Proper education of your workforce will:
  • Make everyone in the workplace aware of the principles and practice of the Return-to-Work program.
     
  • Educate supervisors and workers about the needs of injured co-workers returning to the work environment.
     
  • Make everyone aware of the benefits of a Return-to-Work program. This can be achieved by:
     
    • Providing employee orientation to introduce the Return-to-Work program and explaining how the company will respond if a worker is injured;
       
    • Providing ongoing education;
       
    • Displaying posters of the mission statement or policy;
       
    • Putting information about the Return-to-Work program in the employee newsletter;
       
    • Providing sensitivity training to help co-workers generally understand the needs of injured co-workers;
       
    • Providing support and education to the injured worker's family;
       
    • And finally, the Return-to-Work team should educate injured workers on their new tasks or modified jobs, and explain the importance of staying within the provider's guidelines.
See:
 
Appendix V Return-to-Work for Stakeholders PowerPoint Presentation HTML  PDF PPT
Appendix W Return-to-Work for Management PowerPoint Presentation HTML PDF PPT
Appendix X Return-to-Work for Employees PowerPoint Presentation HTML PDF PPT
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