Zenith's team blazes a return-to-work trail.
Our specialists provide pathways for employees to get back to safe, productive work as soon as medically possible.
Nearly 30% of people injured on the job lose days from work; in 2008, 1.1 million lost-time workplace injury and illness cases resulted in more than 8.5 million days of lost productivity nationwide. Even more alarming is that if any of these 1.1 million employees are off work for more than six months, they have less than a 50 percent chance of ever returning to the workforce.¹
In general, the longer an injured employee is off work, the more expensive the claim becomes. This can lead to increased premium, a higher experience modification rating, poor claim resolution as well as costs associated with lost production, hiring and training replacement workers, and wasted administrative time.
The positive news is that statistics show that 80 to 90 percent all of people injured on the job prefer returning to work rather than collecting disability.² By establishing these roles and responsibilities and training your staff, you are in a better position to capture that motivation, control your claim costs and retain valuable employees.
Injured employees who return to work, even in a limited capacity, regain their ability to earn a paycheck and contribute to their team. Depending on the injury, an employee may be able to return in a light-duty, transitional assignment sooner than you think. Zenith’s multi-disciplinary team members—many of whom are bilingual—can work with you, your employee and medical providers to create transitional jobs.
If you do not have appropriate light-duty transitional work available, but would like to help your injured employee continue their transition back to work, we can provide you with information on how to set up a transitional work assignment through a nonprofit organization.
Learn how to implement and customize a return-to-work program specific to your workplace.
1: Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm
2: Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/osh2_03252004.pdf