Return to Work
Research has shown that early return to work enhances both psychological and physical recovery while minimizing the negative impact of disability on an employee’s life. Work Connections case managers will work with you, your department, and other university departments to identify opportunities to return to work as soon as it is reasonably safe for you to do so. We will also coordinate with the Return to Work Program as needed.
A return-to-work plan is developed—with assistance from Work Connections—by you, your department, and your treatment team. Among other things, it includes information about any physical restrictions such as lifting or sitting for protracted periods of time along with a target date on which you will be fully recovered and able to assume your regular duties.
Work Connections’ objective is to facilitate a safe and lasting return to work. Our staff will work with you, your department, and your physician to:
- Help evaluate essential functions of the job and anticipate needs for accommodations, if required
- Discuss and develop a return-to-work plan
- Maintain regular contact with you and your department to coordinate the return-to-work plan
- Follow up on medical progress and assist with any medical issues after you have returned to work