Did you know?
Making the effort to ask a recovering worker about their wellbeing and wishing them a speedy recovery (within the first 48 hours), builds trust and can see a 400 per cent increase on return to work outcomes.
Make contact within the first 48 hours
- Contact your worker in the first two days they are away. Find out how they are and wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
- Why? This small gesture builds trust and can see around a 400 per cent improvement on return to work outcomes. Social support is also associated with decreased pain.
Set up a 'buddy system'
- Ask your worker to identify a friendly colleague and ensure they have regular times to catch up for a phone call or coffee.
- Why? Keeping injured workers positively engaged is known to increase wellbeing and hasten recovery and return to work.
Schedule regular contact
- Stay in contact and maintain engagement throughout their recovery process.
- Why? A worker recovering from injury who feels connected to their work colleagues is more likely to want to return to work.
Invite them to work events
- When appropriate, encourage recovering workers to attend social events at work.
- Invite them to birthday, anniversary and regular celebratory events at work.
- Why? Feeling part of the team aids recovery. An injured worker who feels valued will want to return to work quicker.
Encourage positive self-care
- Recommend recovering workers seek social and physical wellness outside of the office. This could be exercise, creative activities or even volunteering to help their local community.
- Why? Social commitments improve mood, increase wellbeing and aid recovery, speeding up return to work outcomes.