Return to Work Programs

It is well documented that a good return to work program offered by an employer can reduce workers compensation costs and  can ensure that for injured workers and their employers, who want a speedy return to work , they will not face significant hurtles.  An organized return to work program with temporary alternative jobs identified and on site job analyses completed, can ensure that the return to work process runs smoothly.

While identifying temporary alternative duty jobs in each department of a  company, and obtaining on site job analyses for those positions is key to this process, it is not always possible to develop a fully functional Return to Work Program. So, the same process and steps can be done on a case by case basis by employers which would involve identifying a temporary alternative job for an injured worker, having the vocational counselor complete an on-site job analysis, and have it reviewed by the injured worker’s physician.

Whatever the case, a return to work program can yield some of the following results:

  • It can result in excellent cost savings, and cost containment.
  • It can result in more content injured workers and increased work productivity.
  • It can mitigate absenteeism.
  • It can mitigate the increased isolation that an injured employee can feel  staying home.
  • It can decrease pain complaints, resulting in fewer trips to the doctor. 

 

Over the last three decades, I have helped set up dozens of return to work programs for employers, and injured workers, met with physicians, drafted return to work agreements, and monitored return to work programs.

Job Search Assistance

When someone has been away from the workforce for months or even years, going back to work can seem daunting.  It requires a lot of hard work to find a job,
for even those individuals with the most pristine qualifications.  If time is taken to plan the job search correctly, stay organized and efficient, and keep good job search records, the process will be less overwhelming, and increase the chances of getting  a job.

Once a suitable job goal or job goals have been established,  job search assistance consists of some, but not necessarily all of the following:

               1.            How to organize a job search

               2.            The mindset for conducting a sound job search

               3.            A personal marketing strategy, customized for the individual, their job goal, their abilities and the local labor market, as well as time to spend weekly  on the job search

               4.            Job search assistance through WorkSource Services in Washington state.

               5.            How to use  the internet for research, job search engines, employer websites, and how to make cold calls  and do networking to find job openings.

               6.            Tips for understanding employers description of job duties and job qualifications, followed by determining if the job is a good match to you.

               7.            How to fill out a job application.

               8.            Resume writing including what format to use, how to address gaps in employment.  Criminal history, education and what should not be included in resumes.

               10.         How to write cover letters, networking letters, emails, and follow up letters.

               11.         How to be prepared for an interview by phone and in person.

               12.         How to handle difficult interview questions such as why you have been out of work, what have you been doing since your last job, for example.

               13.         How to handle illegal interview questions regarding age, race, physical or mental abilities, marital status, sexual preference.

               14.         50 top Interview questions and mock interview practice.