Transitional Recovery – What it is and Why it Matters

What is a Transitional Recovery Assignment?

The term Transitional Recovery Assignment refers to the period after a worker has experienced a workplace injury and can return-to-work in a modified capacity while recovering from said injury. In this situation, many times a worker is capable of performing work in a modified capacity.

It is important to note that returning an injured worker to work while they are recovering often decreases the recovery time and improves their mental and physical health during this crucial time.

What types of jobs can be Transitional Recovery Assignments?

Typically, the type of job that will fit into this mold will be a “light” or sedentary position. However, this will depend on the type of injury a worker may have experienced, and the limitations set by their health care provider. It is for this reason that we suggest multiple options of Transitional Recovery Assignments within a Work Category in order to provide immediate options that may fit the worker and the new requirements set for work activity.

What is the benefit of having a Transitional Recovery Plan?

First, a Transitional Recovery Plan is the process or guide your company will follow when a worker has been injured and/or has a medical condition and is under restriction. Many times, the misconception is that if a worker cannot perform the job in which they were performing at the time of injury, or medical event, then they cannot return-to-work. This is false and is a main cause of unnecessary, negative factors/conditions such as lower employment retention among injured workers, low morale, and increased claim duration which often drives claim costs associated.

The truth of the matter is that when a worker is injured, they are more often than not capable of working in some capacity. The importance of providing modified work means preventing unnecessary consequences, serving all involved, company culture, employee health, emotional well-being, and expectations of all staff.

What Does a Transitional Recovery Plan Include?

When we develop a Transitional Recovery Plan we will work with your team on the following:

  • First, we aim to categorize the types of jobs based on the physical nature of the work.
  • Next, we will identify three to five Transitional Recovery positions that could be available if a worker in said category were to be injured and could not return to regular work.
  • Finally we produce a Transitional Recovery Assignment Job Analysis that can be shared with the medical provider.

By being able to immediately present the Injured Worker and their medical provider with multiple Transitional Recovery Assignment Job Analyses, you are providing an immediate option for that worker to return-to-work, continue their recovery according to their medical requirements, and remain with their employer reducing claim costs and duration. Enabling the worker to remain an active member of the workforce can also positively impact their mental health and increase the desire to put effort into recovery.

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