"The key to a successful program is the ability to track, validate and report absences. The more data employers have the greater their ability to take preventative measures that will positively impact their bottom line," says Jim Porter, vice president of Disability Product Management for Prudential Group Insurance.
While many employers have components of return-to-work programs in place, they aren’t achieving the full cost and productivity savings potential from a fully integrated program. Despite the compelling benefits of implementing a formal program, many employers still worry about things like the cost, resource allocation and negative employee reactions.
"Employers fail to realize that employees also benefit from return-to-work programs in a way that focuses on what they can do, rather than can’t do, with the structure to support that transition," Porter says. "These programs give disabled employees the opportunity to retain job skills and bring their income closer to pre-disability levels. Getting back to work sooner increases the morale not only of the affected employee, but also of his or her coworkers."
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The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ.