Return to Work
Work Connections case managers will work with you, your employee and other university departments to identify opportunities to return to work as soon as it is reasonably safe for your employee to do so.
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. 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 employee, and his or her 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 your employee will be fully recovered and able to assume his or her regular duties.
Work Connections’ objective is to facilitate a safe and lasting return to work. Our staff will work with you, your employee, 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 employee to coordinate the return-to-work plan
- Follow up on medical progress and assist with any medical issues after your employee has returned to work