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The Return Of The Injured Worker

 
The continuation of our examination of Return to Work Mistakes focuses on the fear that an injured employee "may get hurt again".
 
This fear is experienced by both the employer and the employee. This fear frequently presents an obstacle to the establishment of transitional assignments. Although it is true an injured employee may be re-injured, you face an even larger risk. The risk that the worker develops a "stay at home, disability attitude".
 
Many studies show that our societal approach to disability has been to "hide" the disability away from the society's view. This "norm" leaves the temporarily injured employee subconsciously choosing to stay home, "hiding". The longer the worker is at home, the harder it is to come out of "hiding".

Part 2

This continuation of our examination of Return To Work Mistakes focuses on employee's health status.

Many employees' health issues contribute to their injuries. The health issue can cause the injury or it can complicate or delay recovery. Some of the health issues that should be considered include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, back conditions, knee or hip injuries and many more.
 
The best way to comply with The Americans With Disabilities Act while also protecting your business is to know the conditions your employees have, while simultaneously obtaining doctor's certification of their physical fitness to do th job. Doctors can certify ability when you provide a specific job description with specific physical requirements. We discussed job descriptions in Part 1.
 
If you have an employee with a pre-existing medical issue sustain an injury on the job, it is important to let the workers compensation adjuster know about it from the beginning. Knowledge allows the adjuster to steer the claim towards the best, fastest outcome.

The Traits of Super Employees And How To Cultivate Them

Every child care owner knows it takes tremendous effort to find and keep great employees.

Great employees share many of the same traits and, as an employer, when you recognize these traits in an employee, you should reward and reinforce them. Additionally, you should always be looking to develop these traits in your staff.

The paragraphs that follow detail the traits that set great employees apart from the rest, and ways you can reward and cultivate these behaviors.

Great employees enthusiastically learn all aspects of a business. To facilitate learning and growth, invest in material, classes and seminars that can further your employees knowledge and expertise - and encourage participation.

How You Say Goodbye Matters 

Often in the high employee turnover world of child care, a departing employee - one who leaves of their own volition as opposed to someone who has been fired - is given short shrift and their departure viewed negatively.

An employee who was a valued member of the staff will, of course, be missed and have to be replaced - with all the effort that entails. However, the owner/leader/manager can use the event to boost employee moral, learn how to better himself and perhaps even garner recommended recruits for the position.

Consider Apple. When it comes time for an Apple employee to leave (regardless of whether for greener pastures, personal reasons or life circumstances) that employee is celebrated. At Apple it's done publicly, in front of customers. It matters not a whit if the employee is leaving to take a position with a competitor

At most company's (child care included) the departing employee is often treated callously or with indifference. Perhaps they get a chance to say a quick good-by to their co-workers or are asked to gather their personal effects after-hours, so as not to create any disturbance.

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