Agency uses employee assistance program to improve return to work process
Thinking outside the box has helped make the Imperial Irrigation District's disability management program highly successful. One component, for example, is offering emotional help to employees who are suddenly homebound.
"We provide them a referral to the employee assistance program that says 'here's your opportunity to go seek guidance from a professional,' and we offer it to the employee, to the spouse, and if the spouse wants children to be involved in some sort of counseling, they can request that," said Marcy B. Feuerstein, the IID's officer of employee benefits. "It's something the employee has to learn how to deal with -- not being as mobile as they were before. If they don't seek some kind of guidance, through the EAP or talking with their physician, their recovery seems to be slower, seems to take longer."
February 27, 2012
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