Returning to work after an injury takes a lot of courage. Your transition may require modifications to your workstation or to the scope of your responsibilities.
Collaborating with your employer may give you the support you need to successfully transition back to work.
Improve your morale
Being unable to work can trigger feelings of depression, anxiety and frustration. Combined with the trauma from your accident and you may struggle with feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty about your future. According to ADAA.org, a traumatic injury may also trigger fearfulness, insomnia and feelings of isolation. The option of returning to work, even in a modified capacity, may significantly improve your morale.
Participating in a normal workday can give you opportunities to interact with coworkers. You can actively participate in company-wide objectives. These experiences may give you satisfaction and the motivation you need to continue your recovery.
Exercise your skills
Another valuable benefit of a return-to-work program is the opportunity to exercise your skills. Strengths that lay dormant for too long can weaken and impact your ability to work effectively and efficiently later on. The sooner you can resume your job, the more effectively you can mitigate the impact of your injury on your skillset.
A return-to-work program will require the participation of both your employer and your physician. Some options they may consider include shorter workdays, more frequent breaks and telecommuting. Regular communication between all three parties can help you accurately measure your progress. As you continue to reach milestones in your recovery, you can adjust your situation so you can gradually return to your former responsibilities.