Return-to-Work Programs

  • Return-to-work programs help supervisors manage employee injury, illness, and disability by accommodating work restrictions that might be needed to enable employees to safely resume working.
  • While these programs have traditionally been used to reduce worker compensation costs, their value extends much further. Financial benefits for employers include an estimated savings of $8 to $10 for every $1 invested. Return-to-work programs can also be beneficial to federal contractors and subcontractors in meeting goals related to retention of employees with disabilities.
  • Return-to-work programs also support your business’s ability to keep valuable employees, which in turn reduces costs associated with hiring and increases employee engagement and loyalty.
  • Stakeholder collaboration is critical to the success of return-to-work programs. If you’re thinking about developing a program, it’s a good idea to consult with employees, managers, human resource professionals, health care professionals, and disability management consultants or other third party providers.