When a worker is off with injury

How can you foster social connections, help wellbeing and aid recovery?

injured worker returning to the office

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.