Why Return to Work?

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Advantage to the state:

  • Maintaining productivity in the workplace
  • Supporting the culture of caring for our employees
  • Providing a safe and timely transition back to work
  • Keeping trained and experienced workers on the job
  • Minimizing workers’ compensation costs

Advantage to the employee:

  • Recovers more quickly
  • Experiences a smoother transition to regular duty
  • Maintains self-esteem in spite of the medical condition
  • Receives a regular paycheck with regular benefits
  • Keeps relationships with co-workers and management

Agencies are sometimes willing to place an injured worker in another agency temporally. The host agency that provides the temporary work receives the benefit of the experience and education of the injured worker without having to pay the worker's wages. The home agency continues to pay their wages.