Workers in the construction industry face occupational hazards unlike those of any other industry. Despite best efforts to create a safe work environment, the physically demanding nature of work combined with exposure to heavy equipment, hazardous materials, heights, repetitive motion, and dangerous work sites creates inherent risk. As a result the industry suffers from frequent and severe injuries, leading to high workers’ compensation premiums. Often, when a specialized skilled worker is injured on the job, Return-to-Work via light duty at the employee’s regular work site is simply not an option. Transitional duty at nonprofits through programs like Transition2Work is a viable solution to this industry’s unique Return-to-Work challenges.
Click here to read our fact sheet about the industry to learn more.
Implementing a Return-to-Work program is a win-win situation for everyone involved. A successful program is designed to have an injured worker return to their usual work schedule as early as possible, and preform meaningful work, within their physical capabilities.
There are so many reasons why it is important to have a Return-to-Work program here are just a few:
Gain more control over your workers’ compensation claims.
Based on research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and American Society of Safety Engineers, the longer an injured worker is out of work due to disability, the less likely they are to ever return to work. In fact, the likelihood that a person will return to work is 90% at four weeks of absence, then begins to drop. An employee who is out of work more than six months has only a 50% chance of returning to gainful employment. And, if lost time reaches one year, the chances of successfully returning to work drop to 5%. Additionally, 60 to 70% of lost work days involve medically unnecessary time off of work. Proactive Return-to-Work efforts play a critical role in claims management.
Avoid replacement and training costs.
Employees are an asset and should be treated as such. It is much less expensive to retain a current employee than it is to hire a new one. “The cost of letting an employee go can far outweigh the cost of training. Accrued time off, temporary coverage costs, HR staff time, delays in production and customer service, disruptions to teamwork, and lost customers are major things to consider before replacing” Tech Scholar’s research shows. An effective Return-to-Work program helps a company retain valuable, trained talent.
Reduce workers’ compensation claims costs and reduce premiums.
Indemnity costs have a substantial impact on an employer’s experience modification.According to insurance brokers, Cavignac & Associates, “Not bringing an injured employee back to work can add thousands of dollars to the cost of the claim, and contribute painful points to the experience modification—all of which translate into higher premiums. Sometimes these additional premiums can cost a company up to three times the amount of actual disability payments made by the insurance company.” Beyond the estimated savings of 30% in lost time days, effective Return-to-Work programs can help save 35% is medical costs (Bureau of Labor and Statistics); less time on the claim translates to less medical expense.
Foster teamwork and improve morale.
According to Zurich Insurance Group, “In almost every respect, injured workers are the greatest beneficiaries of the Return-to-Work process. When productive, self-sufficient workers are disabled due to an injury or illness of any kind, the stress, uncertainty and sense of being ‘out of things’ can be significant. It can impact a person’s self-esteem, cause emotional stress and even affect the course and outcome of recovery.” Return-to-Work programs can help to encourage psychological well-being by keeping the employee connected to the workplace and social ties, and reestablishing a regular work routine while they heal.
Provide stability to the injured worker.
In most jurisdictions, injured workers receive the equivalent of 2/3 of their regular wage while on workers’ compensation benefits after an injury. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than half of employees who are away from work for more than 14 days are already experiencing financial difficulty. Quickly bringing the employee back to work in a modified duty capacity can help to alleviate financial pressure by providing continuation of wages, seniority, and company status.
When an employee is suffering from a job-related injury, you want to do everything you can to help them recover and return-to-work faster! The earlier an employee returns to work, the better, which is why having a program in place is so important.
We are enjoying hosting Amanda. She is easy to approach, eager to learn and attentive to tasks assigned. Her duties as office clerk/administrative assistant remain the same. To date, Amanda has mastered the supply and ordering system, achieved competence with both of our primary data bases, and assumed receptionist duties. At present, she is ‘rearranging’ our Tutor Resource/Tips collection to provide for easier access by our volunteer tutors!
Amanda is very conscientious about communicating with us regarding her physical therapy and doctor appointments. She often has to arrange her schedule around those appointments, yet she manages to accomplish all assigned tasks. Again, we appreciate the opportunity to assist Amanda in her transitioning back to her normal work.
—Volunteer Coordinator, Literacy Program
Running a successful nonprofit organization can be challenging, which is why having volunteers is so important. Many of the volunteers in our program have played a vital role in completing projects that help the nonprofit share their mission and help the surrounding community. We love hearing that nonprofits like Opportunity to Read have been able to benefit from the volunteers in our Transition2Work program!
Congratulations to our new Transition2Work Team Leaders, Christine, Ari, and Katie. As part of our Transition2Work leadership team, each of the new Team Leaders will work closely with management to achieve service levels.
This new team was created to help us encourage innovation and collaboration within the Transition2Work team and continue to provide excellent customer service, in response to the high demand for our services.
In their new role, the Team Leaders are responsible for coaching and motivating a team of Placement Coordinators as they match injured workers with appropriate transitional work at nonprofit agencies seeking volunteers. They serve as a member and leader of their team, manage case load, respond to and resolve escalated claims issues, and ensure team goals are met or exceeded.
Inc. Magazine Ranks ReEmployAbility on Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies Two Consecutive YearsBy Ashley Suarino | August 19, 2015
The Inc. 500|5000 list, now in its 34th year, represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. The 2015 list is ranked according to company’s revenue growth percentage, comparing fiscal years 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, have been founded and generating a minimum revenue of $100,000 in 2011, and $2 million in 2014.
According to Inc. Magazine, “The 2015 2015 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years.” The full list of 2015 honorees can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
We are pleased to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. again this year. We have seen exponential growth this year and expect that to continue. Our Transition2Work program and our partnership with over 28,000 nonprofits has played a central role in the continued success of our company. We are happy the program has such a high success rate. It has been a pleasure to work with employers and carriers who share our passion for making a difference in the community.
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About our Nonprofit Partner
The American Aviation Historical Society was founded in 1956 as a nonprofit educational organization. Their objective is to preserve the rich heritage of American aviation. The society has an extensive collection of books, documents and photographs that are available to researchers and aviation enthusiasts on a wide variety of American aviation history. The American Aviation Historical Society publishes a quarterly Journal and informative AAHS FlightLine that provides interesting information and little known facts associated with American aviation. The Society serves as a catalyst by providing a forum for communication among members having a common interest in aviation.
The American Aviation Historical Society is recognized by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as a premiere aviation historical effort. During their 50 plus years of documenting significant events in the industry, coverage has included AirForce, Naval, Marine aircraft and their deployment in World War 1, World War 2, the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts as well as the exciting emergence of civil aviation from the Wright Brothers on the evolution of commercial aviation companies and the aircraft they operated is well represented in both Journal articles and the photo library.
We’re proud to support The American Aviation Historical Society and its mission to preserve America’s aviation history. Our Transition2Work program participants have served as Library Attendants and Facility Assistants, helping to organize, catalog, and price aviation books in the Society’s library.
Learn More about The American Aviation Historical Society
You can learn more about The American Aviation Historical Society by calling their Huntington Beach, CA office at (714) 549-4818 or visiting their website, www.aahs-online.org
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Each day, more and more employers are turning to Transition2Work to help meet their company’s Return-to-Work challenges. This year alone, more than one thousand new employers will begin utilizing our programs to provide alternative transitional duty.
We’re dedicated to proactive communication, responsive service, and exceeding our client’s expectations every day. It warms our hearts when we receive great feedback from the employers, carriers, injured workers, and nonprofits we serve. With so much growth in the popularity of our programs, we thought it was time to take additional steps to make sure we are providing our clients with every possible resource they need. To serve our customers even better, we have added a Client Services Department.
The Client Services Department is comprised of Client Services Managers, Kristy, Corie, and Debi, and Client Services Representative, Sherri. Each member of the team has been with our company for years, has experience placing injured workers with our nonprofit partners, and is an expert in our services.
Our Vice President of Sales, Kelly Lawless, oversees the team. They serve as the first point of contact to introduce our company’s Return-to-Work services to new clients and provide consultation and support to employers as they implement programs. This team also helps support our existing clients. By working closely with our Account Executives, they build and maintain strong relationships, provide ongoing education and support, and quality assurance. The Client Services Department is available by phone, email, and even online chat to answer any questions or concerns our partners may have. The addition of the department allows us to enhance the already great experience our customers have come to expect. It’s one more way we can assure our partners that we are dedicated to providing outstanding service!
The Transportation & Logistics industry characteristics make it challenging for employers to manage workers’ compensation and disability claims. Many transportation and logistics employers struggle with providing options for modified duty positions on-site. Transitional duty at nonprofits through programs like Transition2Work is a viable solution to this industry’s unique Return-to-Work challenges.
Click here to read our fact sheet about the industry to learn more.
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Looking for a career with us? Our company is expanding and we’re hiring a new California Account Executive!
This high-profile position requires significant travel and extensive interaction with clients via phone, conference calls, webinars, trade shows, conferences, and in-person meetings.
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