One of the best ways you can keep your workers’ compensation costs under control is by bringing injured employees back to work as soon as they are medically able.
Even if the employee can't return to his or her regular job due to medical restrictions, you can bring the employee back to work in a light-duty, modified-duty or transitional role.
Because work injuries are unexpected and (hopefully) rare, you might have trouble thinking of light-duty jobs for your employee to perform. That's why SFM created a free listing of ideas — broken down by industry — of potential light-duty jobs.
Here are links to the transitional work ideas by industry:
- Bus driving/transportation industry
- Construction industry
- Grocery stores/convenience stores
- Service industry
Transitional jobs listed include:
- Answering phones
- Completing equipment inspection logs
- Data entry
- Greeting customers
- Shredding documents
Even if the jobs listed don't quite fit your organization, they might help you think of other ideas.
Research shows that timely return-to-work helps speed recovery and increase the likelihood that injured workers will ultimately work again. That makes it worth the effort to bring employees back, even if at a reduced capacity.
Read more on how return-to-work helps control workers’ compensation costs in our post, Why early return-to-work benefits your employees and bottom line.
This is not intended to serve as legal advice for individual fact-specific legal cases or as a legal basis for your employment practices.