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Helping injured workers come back

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"When is Diana supposed to come back to work?" Cal asked.

"Well, it all depends," Minna, the team leader, replied. "The doctor told her it could be anywhere from three weeks to three months. She didn't like that answer."

Cal nodded. "How is she doing?"

"The pain is much better, apparently, and she's able to walk around some," Minna replied. "But she's pretty low. She's worried about her health, her job, her income, her kids, all kinds of things. I think we're going to need to help her keep focused on getting better."

Experts can't emphasize enough how important it is for managers to take an active role in helping employees get back to work after injury or illness. Your natural tendency may be to keep your distance so as to not "pressure" a worker into returning. But often, this good-hearted approach backfires, as workers end up isolated from their teams, lacking information they need and questioning how valuable they are to ...(register to read more)

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