As we continue the discussion on building your Return to Work Toolkit, it is important to recognize that employers should have different return to work strategies built into their workers’ compensation program. We’ve reviewed modified duty positions, now let’s talk about Transitional Work as a return to work option.
Transitional Work is a tool available for employers to use when an employee is injured on the job and has restrictions which prevent him/her from returning to their full duty/regular position of employment.
The program is designed to transition the injured worker back to their full duty position and is tailored to fit your needs. This program can be created internally, and your Managed Care Organization (MCO) can help you create it. Also, the employer can utilize a professional to create and develop the Transitional Work Program (TWP).
Benefits of a Transitional Work Program
Statistics have shown that employers will incur indirect costs from a workers’ compensation claim. These costs can reach up to four times more than the actual claim costs themselves. Some of the indirect cost are due to:
- limited/decreased productivity
- increased hiring and training costs
- higher overtime expenses
- increased legal costs
- lowered morale
- loss of business
- a loss of customer goodwill.
The Transitional Work Program can assist injured workers’ return to work safely and timely. This will help reduce the indirect costs mentioned above as well as the direct cost charged to the claim.
Lost time/days is the one factor that has the most impact on Ohio workers’ compensation premiums. Therefore, it is essential that all the tools and strategies available are used as quickly and as often as possible.