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What are the elements of an RTW plan?

Experiencing an injury at work may create ongoing challenges throughout your recovery. Depending on the severity of your injuries, returning to work may look a lot different than it previously did.

If you follow protocols for seeking workers’ compensation from your employer in New Jersey, you should receive support as you transition back to your job. With a thorough return-to-work or RTW plan in place, you can work with your employer to establish a plan for your future.

Assessing your needs

Your RTW plan should address the unique challenges and needs that you have for returning to work. Your injuries may require modifications to the methods you previously used to complete your job responsibilities. You may also need a modified work schedule to allow time for recurring medical treatment or therapy. Training or resources designed to help you rebuild your skills in certain areas could benefit you as well.

A good RTW plan may include a host of assessment resources to identify deficits in your ability to work and identify solutions to improve your situation. If your injury prevents you from returning to work for the foreseeable future, an RTW plan may provide valuable information about where you can look for other employment opportunities.

Recognizing the benefits

An RTW plan will undoubtedly benefit you, but did you know it can benefit your employer too? According to Small Business Trends, your employer may effectively reduce the financial repercussions of your injury by helping you return to work as quickly as possible and thus reducing the need to train a new employee. With the implementation of an RTW plan, your employer can boost company morale and provide you with incentive to continue recovery.