Benefits of a Quick Return to Work
It is important, as an employer, to recognize the difficult trails an employee may be dealing with upon returning to work after acquiring a disability. However, a quick return to work can present many benefits to the employee. A timely return to work can limit financial burden, it can help to produce a better work environment, and it helps to avoid unhealthy “downtime.”
When you have a client who has recently become disabled, it is important that you can effectively communicate with that client and the client’s family why it is important that the client return to work in a timely manner. First of all, convey to them that the client is dealing with a strong emotion. This emotion is the result of the new disability that the person is dealing with. Right now, they’ve put up social barriers between themselves and other people. They might be embarrassed because of their new disability or just having trouble learning to cope with the new disability. So the longer they are away from other people, the more barriers they create between themselves and other people. So, when someone returns to work quickly, it helps them get over their emotion, and learn how to cope with their disability more quickly and more effectively. Also, returning to work quickly limits the financial burden on the family. Whenever someone has become recently disabled, they may not be receiving an income from their employer at that time. So, right now this puts a financial strain on the family because their actual income is lower than their projected income. Also, you need to convey to them that returning to work quickly creates a better work environment. Like I said with the first point, the newly disabled person is dealing with a strong emotion and they’ve also developed habits and a routine of going to work every day. So the longer they are out of the routine of going to work everyday, the longer they are creating a new habit of staying home everyday. So the quicker you can get them into their normal routine, the easier their adjustment from home life to work life will be. Also, convey to them that returning to work quickly avoids downtime. And the problem with downtime is just what I’ve been conveying with the previous points. When someone’s at home, they’re creating a habit of just sitting around, whereas before they had the habit of getting up, going to work, and doing other activities, so they’re creating this new habit of wanting to stay at home. So you want to get them back into their old routine, so that they will be able to effectively and efficiently go back to their old routine because the longer they are out of the routine, the harder it is to transfer back into the normal routine. Also, from your standpoint, a rehabilitation program of this nature will lower administrative costs because the person is under your care for a lower amount of time. The last thing, and this is very important, the last thing you need to convey to the client and their family is that individuals who are out of work the longest tend not to return to work. And only a small percentage of those who receive social security disability income ever return to work. So basically the longer someone is not working, the higher the chance they will not return to work. And if they receive social security disability income, there is an extremely small chance that they will ever return to work. So those are some of the reasons that you can convey to the client and their family as to why it is important that the client return to work in a timely manner.
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Last updated: 12/15/2017
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