Toolkit, hotline to help employers achieve better return-to-work results
Paula Aznavoorian-Barry, program manager for vocational rehabilitation and return to work for Liberty Mutual Group Benefits, said that a well-managed RTW program benefits both a company and its employees. Reducing an employee's time away, she said, minimizes the company's costs to cover the absence.And by actively participating in a return-to-work program, the employee remains engaged and restores her previous earning potential.
"A return-to-work program is a critical part of a disabled employee's recovery," Aznavoorian-Barry said. "Our new resources help employers build and sustain strong return-to-work programs and communicate their value."
The resources include an online toolkit and a toll-free hotline. The online toolkit, she said, provides benefits and human resource managers with a road map to implement and manage RTW programs. It also includes a presentation tool to help employers and employees improve their understanding of RTW programs. In addition, the resource includes interactive online training to help supervisors better understand their roles in effective RTW programs.
The toll-free RTW hotline that enables supervisors, HR and benefits managers to speak with certified rehabilitation professionals and receive answers to general questions on the RTW process.
"Return-to-work programs are well-worth the effort required to build and sustain them, especially during times when employers need to function more efficiently with limited resources," Aznavoorian-Barry said.
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March 29, 2010
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