|(Q) What are alternative work assignments and job modifications?
(A) When possible, job tasks should be assessed and a possible list of work assignments should be created before they are actually needed. These assignments may include full or part time work and should have time limits. These alternative work assignments must be meaningful and productive. Demeaning or “make work” assignments will defeat the purpose as this could be seen as punishment.(Q) What are some keys to making a light duty program successful?
(A) The key to success is involving everyone and making light duty a team effort. Follow up is also an important key to making the program a success. Stay in contact with the employee every day and have an injury coordinator who makes certain that the restrictions under which an employee is operating are communicated to the supervisor. It should be emphasized to the supervisor the importance of making sure the employee does not violate the restrictions. This can just make the injury get worse. Part of the program is an insistence that employees on restrictive duty visit the doctor every few weeks to monitor their progress.
(Q) Why is it so important to get them back to work?
(Q) How can a program be evaluated to show that it is a good return-to-work program?