People are our province’s greatest asset. With the support of other team members, you can actively participate in your recovery plan, minimizing the impact of a workplace injury on yourself, your family and your community.
Your employer plays the most influential role on your return to work team. They demonstrate workplace safety leadership by creating an environment that supports you recovering from your injury and that includes connecting with you and the entire team.
WCB case coordinators, occupational therapists and the return to work coordinator work together to help coordinate your recovery, at a time that can be challenging for both you and your employer. They help navigate a path so routines can get back to normal, as soon as safely possible.
Health care providers set the wheels in motion for your injury treatment and recovery plan. They work closely with you, your employer, and the WCB to create and implement a plan that allows for your safe and timely return to the job.
Modified duties are any temporary changes to your job that align with your functional abilities after injury. In other words, duties that match what you are able to do.
When an injury occurs, your goal, and the goal of your employer, is to get back to the way things were before the injury. Modified duties keep you connected to work during recovery when it's more important than ever for your physical and mental well-being.
Modified duties are designed to be meaningful and productive, to help you recover and contribute to valuable work. They become an integral part of your treatment plan.
With regular monitoring, modified duties are meant to be flexible and may be increased as your abilities improve through your recovery.
More importantly, modified duties keep you connected to work during recovery when it’s more important than ever for your physical and mental well-being.
When you experience a workplace injury, your health care provider may perform a functional abilities assessment to determine what you can do. Your health care provider will consult closely with you and your WCB case coordinator to match your abilities to tasks and job functions in your workplace that are meaningful, productive and safe to perform.
Modified duties play a very important role in your recovery. They serve as a temporary bridge until you can safely return to your regular duties.
A date to return to regular duties is determined when your injury is assessed, and that is the goal you, your employer, your health care providers, and your WCB case worker will work toward, together.