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Co-workers Important To Return To Work Strategies

It takes a village to reintegrate an employee that has been off due to illness or injury, says Ellen MacEachen, a scientist for the Institute for Work & Health and associate professor at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lama School of Public Health. Speaking at the Conference Board of Canada’s ‘Disability Management and Benefits 2013: Driving Productivity with Effective Workplace Practices’ conference, she said successive studies have shown that co-workers can more readily facilitate return to work strategies if they are consulted and embedded in the return to work arrangements; if supervisors and managers actively manage the sustainability phase of reintegration; if all parties see the arrangements as fair; and if the effort of co-workers is formally recognized by management. Where these measures are not included, co-workers report resenting the extra workload as well as what is viewed as an easier workload for the returning worker. Where these factors exist, co-workers can, in fact, contribute to re-injury whereas, when they are a part of return to work strategies, co-workers can be seen as being very supportive, said MacEachen.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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