A transitional return-to-work (TRTW) program aims to return
employees to work in a safe and timely manner after an injury or
illness by providing temporary, modified jobs that take into
account their physical limitations. That can mean big benefits for
your business. Studies show a TRTW program helps lower odds of
litigation occurring, reduces the number of lost work days, and
increases workers' return rate after injury.
A successful plan tracks injured workers' progress. When they
are medically cleared to perform light duties, they return to work,
although sometimes only part-time. They're given modified duties;
however, these must include meaningful responsibilities like
answering customer calls or taking inventory. If companies don't
have suitable transitional duties, some have TRTW employees perform
light-duty volunteer work at non-profit organizations.
To improve the success of your TRTW program, intervene quickly
after an accident with timely, appropriate medical care, submit
your insurance claim right away, and educate your employees about
the program. Contact QBE and your independent agent for assistance
building a program that will work for your business.