One of the key components to a return-to-work program (RTW) is communication. It needs to be communicated to ensure accountability and effectiveness. If your company does not have a RTW program, it is recomended that one is developed. It should outline the steps to assist workers to return to work as quickly and safely as possible following an incident. The program should then be communicated to the workers before an incident occurs.
Supervisors are a crucial element to a RTW program. They are generally the direct line of communication between workers and an employer. They should maintain contact of with the worker, monitor their progress once they return, and have an open line of communication about any difficulties. Workers should be trained on the RWT program during initial orientation and then periodically afterwards.