Use social crowd funding to generate the capital necessary to support returning to work, employee re-training, employer education, and community awareness. See: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/business/crowdfunding-sites/ We are hearing much lately about millionaires and billionaires committed to placing their cronies into our government. Where are the millionaires/billionaires committed to advancing and supporting ...more »
Employers ask during the prescreening or the interview process for those returning to work to provide initial explanation for loss of work experience. Does the answer the applicant provides create bias that the person doesn't want to work or may be a liability because of chronic conditions? Is this where the employer 'moves on' because they anticipate long delays to having the applicant 'ramp up' after hire? The decision ...more »
Provide Personal Positioning Devices for injured, recovering, or disabled employees. Rather than re-tasking the employee to something for which they are not suited, provide accommodations to allow them to return to their previous position. Implementation of Personal Positioning Devices position and support the employee relative to the work, where normal ergonomic processes are unable to reorient the work to the employee. ...more »
We are hearing from employers of an emerging practice called "task banks". Employers are developing a list of tasks and jobs that an injured employee is able to perform given his/her medical restrictions while transitioning back to into the workplace. The important thing is to keep the valued employee engaged. So say, for instance, an employee returning after cancer related surgery. They may not be able to perform all ...more »
I think it would be workable to partner with current employers in the state to hire previous workers, e.g. retirees, or people who are disabled, but are fully capable to do minimal work, and make a considerable contribution to the workforce. It would be functional for employers to tap into the experience and training of those returning to work to benefit their companies.
Stop sticking the next available disabled person into some job without getting very clear what that person is actually adept at. Your
wasting their time and talent, and your creating a revolving door that keeps jobs empty! Celebrate a person's true skill sets and capabilities, and they might just thrive at work!
From a Medical prospective, via an Orthopedic Surgeon of 30+ years, Return to Work begins on date of injury--- with the appropriate diagnosis that, in turn, determines the most appropriate, evidence-based care and treatment. If the diagnosis is incorrect, then early RTW leads to re-injury, increased costs and unnecessary patient suffering. In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine reported that most people will receive ...more »
Incentives that are complicated and have been difficult to track as to how effective they may be could be part of the reason for creating new ways to create incentives for partial RTW. Have we thought about the incentive of providing new Technology and Accredited Training to employers as to how their organizations could reach their productivity goals with returning to work (part-time) employees? Perhaps including ...more »
There are many organizations that advocate for disabled persons. Very few have addressed the issue of employment and effective reasonable accommodations in full time let alone "partial" work. Even State VR counselors are not aware of how important the request for Reasonable Accommodations can be in getting a person back into the workforce full-time, "partially" or "part-time". A partnership between the state/federal ...more »
Voc Rehab will help employers with grants to make modifications to the disabled persons work area so that they can continue to work. Or Voc Rehab can show the employer a possible other job the employee might be able to do when the employee is able to return. Voc Rehab might be able to help on several different avenues.
In Indiana a person with a disability can go to Voc Rehab to be taught how to work around their disability and still get the job done. Or they could. I went to a FSSA meeting last week and they are now going to make Voc Rehab categorize the severity their consumers disabilities and the worst ones will get served first. So that means that once again those with disabilities are going to be discriminated against as far as ...more »
Navigating and maintaining enrollment in work related Medicaid buy-in programs is no easy task. Many state programs provide great incentives for certain types of disabilities and low income earners, but too often those with most severe disabilities and those looking to advance in a particular career find more disincentives than incentives. Strict resource and earned income limits force enrollees to choose between work ...more »