Awareness and education on the program can ensure no surprises when someone does go off work due to a disability. The evaluation of disability should include a systematic review of all factors holistically, examine barriers and focus on methods to the highest level of well being given the current health concerns. Program success is much higher when the participants are willing and motivated.
Stay in Touch! Evidence indicates showing interest in the individual and keeping them in touch with the workplace ensures ongoing engagement and increases the likelihood of return to work by over 30%. Work provides a sense of identity and losing that connection with the workplace can be detrimental to recovery and overall wellbeing. The impact of social isolation from the work environment has a negative and deleterious effect on recovery.
During an illness / absence individuals need ready access to appropriate diagnostic test and medical providers. It is important to get this step right with diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, supportive healthcare services i.e. physiotherapy or counselling, and a solid progressive plan for recovery. It sounds easy but often this is the step where people need the most assistance. There are many cases where a missed diagnosis leads the treatment down the wrong path and waste valuable recovery time.
Ensure Return to Work Focus
Proactive discussions on capabilities and return to work are essential. Positive attitudes toward return to work by the employer and employee can substantially improve return to work outcomes. The results of understanding, supporting, exploring solutions and communicating, persistently contribute to return to work outcomes. OSI encourages open communication on abilities to ensure the return to work is designed properly.
The program should monitor the outcomes and fine tune the process in areas that it is not achieving the desired results. One would ask how best to measure? This ultimately depends on what you wish to achieve. In the design of a program it is important to pause and establish the goals, this will not only make the metrics easy to establish but will also dictate part of the plan design.
It is true - not all claims are easy! However, having a process that follows evidence based best practice, and consistently seeks solutions to difficult cases, improves the chances of successful resolution.
Why should you Attend: In the complex world we live in disability claims have become a financial and human concern for many employers. An optimal approach to workplace ability management contains concerted efforts to improve health outcomes and integrate the worker back to the environment in which they work.
The best results are achieved using qualified healthcare professionals working cooperatively with the employee and the employer in an integrated manner. This session will provide some significant tools to assist in the management of disability claims.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Top 5 reasons / drivers of disability
Why to invest in DM management programs
You own the human and financial consequences
Legislation is complex
Outcomes that dramatically impact the program
- Human Resources
- Risk Managers / Directors
- Operations Managers
• Human Resources
• Risk Managers / Directors
• Operations Managers