No one wants to suffer an injury while on the job. Most people are anxious to recover and get back to work so they can continue to support themselves and their families. Workplace rehabilitation is one way to do that.
The Right Way to Begin Workplace Rehabilitation
When everything is done correctly, the injured employee should have enough time to heal then be permitted to return to work in a way that is safe for them. That means discussing limitations and needs between the employer, treating doctor, WorkCover and the injured employee, and coming up with a plan. In some cases, that may also mean switching job roles or changing the employee’s daily tasks to ensure that nothing worsens their condition. Both the employer and the employee should work together to get the best outcome.
Uncooperative Employers & Workplace Rehabilitation
Not all employers do the right thing. And to some, an injured employee may be viewed as a burden to the company. This can result in a lack of cooperation that creates obstacles for the injured party.
You are required to take reasonable steps to return to work. That includes things like:
- Making a reasonable effort to return to your pre-injury role as much as possible
- Making a reasonable effort to participate in and cooperate with a return to work plan
- Utilising occupational rehabilitation and medical treatment
- Cooperating with WorkCover to discuss work opportunities
Your employer is expected to provide suitable duties. If they claim that they do not have available duties that match your current abilities, then they are required to contact WorkCover to discuss options.