There should be money and training for individualized job carving for people with disabilities. Also, tax breaks for employers hiring individuals with disabilities.
SAW/RTW Policy Dissemination
Thinking about SAW/RTW policies related to 1)Washington’s COHE model, 2)musculoskeletal injuries and pain management, and 3)transition back to work, who are the key audiences and what policy products can best reach them? How can these products be disseminated – e.g., social media, website posts, email, in combination with technical assistance?
Many people would be able to return to work and/or stay at work if their jobs were customized so that they can still contribute in their workplace, their employer benefits from their longevity, and people get the support and accommodations that may be required. Increasingly, jobs are being customized for people with and without disabilities (e.g., the concepts in the book Workforce of One: Revolutionizing Talent Management ...more »
Hospital based departments of medical rehabilitation and free standing medical rehabilitation hospitals are excellent settings to focus early RTW interventions. Many patients who are served in these settings are employed at the time admission and have an excellent chance of returning to work because they have a strong work orientation should and can be supported if there is a coordinated RTW effort during the inpatient ...more »
Eighty percent of staffers said their office will “pay attention” if their lawmaker’s social media post garners 30 responses or fewer. But those comments need to come in soon after the lawmaker’s initial post to have a greater chance of being noticed. Above quote from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-media-lawmakers-report_us_561e75fbe4b050c6c4a3a353 "If" we intend to use social media as one of the methods ...more »
A key audience for information about effective SAW/RTW programs is the business professional who needs to make the business case within their own organization—typically an HR or benefits manager, sometimes with an assist from a consultant, absence management firm, or disability insurance carrier. In 20+ years of demonstrating the competitive advantages of a healthy, high-performing workforce, our organization has learned ...more »
Send information organized as a policy paper or monograph to Nat'l Association of Governors, National Association of Counties, National Association of Cities, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Workforce Boards
I receive most of my information through the ODEP website, when looking for policy updates, best practices and evidence-based practices. I do think, however, that a great deal of younger individuals will look to social media, such as postings on Linked In to get their information, so ODEP should be distributing their information through social media outlets. One could also "Tweet" a link to new information.
It often takes only a few weeks to even just a few days before WC cases start to go off track. Most Injured Workers experience some immediate feelings of loss, insecurity, and disconnection from their workmates and their job. At this early stage, they are very vulnerable to developing a "disabled mentality" and/or being influenced by others to start positioning themselves to optimize their disability in order to maximize ...more »
So many excellent, outstanding ideas by those who are experienced, and in the trenches, with the problem. I only wish to stand on their shoulders at this point, and point out what I, as an untrained observer, see as a very common thread among all these experts. Standardization of policy is key; that's a common theme I keep hearing from the experts before me (albeit not in those words, perhaps), and it is one that ...more »
In my opinion, the key audience is the consumer him/herself. Actively engaging them through input, insight and incentives to come back into the workforce. If being out on disability provides the same resources as working, well.... Additionally, if the level of information being shared is limited to undergrad educational levels, you've missed the mark in addressing the barriers directly affecting people who ...more »
I'm relatively new to all of this so please forgive me if I'm overlooking something that I should already be aware of. It occurs to me that direct focus on SAW/RTW on it's own is something relatively new, and as such should have a web resource dedicated strictly to dissemination of information relative to SAW/RTW only. Who: I believe that in terms of audience, anyone and everyone who touches elements relative to SAW/RTW ...more »
While SAW/RTW at the previous job is the optimal outcome, this is not always possible. Sometimes attempts to RTW fail, even with the best-meaning stakeholders making heroic efforts. We need to develop a Plan B, with meaningful vocational rehabilitation leading to jobs that are available in the applicable job market. Using the COHE model would systematize the recognition of the actual work capacity, and anticipated best ...more »