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Benefits of Introducing a Return-to-Work Program in the Workplace. The Crossley Carpet Mills Experience. 97% reduction in WCB claim costs 96% reduction in WCB lost time claims 99.6% reduction in WCB compensable weeks 99.6% reduction in TERB 80% improvement in attendance related to WCB

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benefits of introducing a return to work program in the workplace

Benefits of Introducing a Return-to-Work Program in the Workplace

The Crossley Carpet Mills Experience

benefits of introducing a rtw program
97% reduction in WCB claim costs

96% reduction in WCB lost time claims

99.6% reduction in WCB compensable weeks

99.6% reduction in TERB

80% improvement in attendance related to WCB

35% improvement in attendance related to WI/LTD

22% reduction in WI claim payments

Average WI claim reduced by 10 days (24.4% reduction)

587 fewer days lost on WI

24% WI premium rate decrease for 2004

1.25% decrease in Health premiums (15-25% projected increase)

No Health premium increase for 2004

Benefitsof Introducing a RTW Program
introduction
Introduction
  • Why introduce a RTW Program?
  • How to introduce a RTW Program?
  • What are the key components of a RTW Program?
  • What are the benefits of introducing a RTW Program?
reasons for introducing a rtw program
Reasons for Introducing a RTW Program
  • Rising WCB assessments
  • Rising benefit premiums (WI, LTD, Health)
  • Improve employee attendance
  • Component of H&S program
  • Human Rights legislation
  • Control over case outcomes
  • Caring for employees’ wellbeing
how to introduce a rtw program
How to Introduce a RTW Program
  • Just do it!
  • Develop a RTW Policy/Vision/Mission
  • Assign RTW Coordinator duties
  • Involve key stakeholders
  • Focus on primary issues of concern
  • Have a plan to return employees to work
  • Inform WCB/Insurance carrier of RTW Program
introduction of a rtw program at crossley
Introduction of a RTW Program at Crossley
  • First case August 2002
  • RTW Program operational since November 2002
  • Direct intervention in 42 cases in 2003
  • 31 early interventions and 33 accommodations
  • No resistance to RTW Program from employees/Union/supervision
  • RTW Program Policy not yet communicated to employees
key elements to a successful rtw program
Hire the services of a OH&S Nurse

Intervene early

Make your management team accountable

Obtain the buy-in of key stakeholders

Enlist the services of a Physiotherapy clinic

Develop Job Task Analysis

Develop FAE form

Develop individual RTW plans

Maintain contact with employees

Accommodate to the point of undue hardship

Be consistent!

Be transparent!

Be confidential!

Key Elements to a Successful RTW Program
crossley rtw program next steps
Crossley RTW Program - Next Steps
  • RTW Package
  • Communication with Physicians
  • Communication with Employees
  • Create internal job bank
  • Devise safety footwear for foot injuries
  • Create a RTW employer association
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