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Tips For Returning to Work After an Injury

Posted by Insightlink on 01/25/23

Returning to work after an injury can be a challenging experience, both physically and mentally. The process of recovering from an injury and getting back to a normal routine can be stressful and difficult, but there are several steps you can take to make the transition back to work smoother and more successful.

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Communicate with your employer
Keeping your employer informed about your injury and your recovery progress is an important aspect of the return-to-work process. By keeping your employer in the loop, they can better understand your needs and make any necessary accommodations to help you return to work safely and effectively.
Having open communication can also help in terms of your employer being able to give you support when you are back on job and you may need some adjustments or time off, or may require a modified work schedule. This can ensure a smooth transition back to work, which will benefit both you and your employer.
Gradually ease back into work
Returning to work too quickly can cause further injury or set back your recovery. That's why it's important to listen to your body and follow your healthcare provider's instructions for returning to work. Gradually increasing your workload and hours over time can help you build up your strength and stamina, and reduce the risk of re-injury.
Take breaks and rest as needed
Your injury may require you to take more frequent breaks or rest during the day. Don’t be afraid to ask for accommodations such as a standing desk or time to rest your eyes during the workday.
Ask for help if you need it
It is important to accept help from colleagues and supervisors if you need it. This can help alleviate the stress of returning to work and make the transition back to work smoother.
Be open to a modified role
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may not be able to return to your previous role. Be open to working in a modified role or taking on a different set of responsibilities that will allow you to work within your physical limitations.
Seek Support, both medical and emotional
As you come back to work, your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as your physical well-being. It's important to have open communication with your medical team and to seek support, whether that be in the form of counseling or employee assistance programs, as needed.
Stay Active
Even though you're back at work, you will still need to stay active and continue to participate in any physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises as prescribed by your doctor or physical therapist to maintain your recovery progress
Be patient with yourself
Returning to work after an injury can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Be patient with yourself and understand that recovery takes time.
Review your workstation setup
Your workstation setup can have a big impact on how your body feels. Review your workstation, your chair, your computer position, and other equipment that you use, to make sure that they are ergonomically sound and will help reduce further stress on your injury.
Keep a positive attitude
Stay positive and optimistic about your recovery. This can help you stay motivated to continue working towards your goals, and it will make the transition back to work less stressful.

About the Author

Roni Davis is a writer, blogger, and legal assistant operating out of the greater Philadelphia area. She writes for a workers compensation in New Jersey.

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