Illness or Injury and Return to Work

Assistance and support is available to you if there has been a change (permanent or temporary) in your ability to perform your job due to a work-related injury or illness. Additionally, if you have experienced an illness or injury (personal or work-related) that results in an absence from work, Human Resources, WorkConnections and medical providers will work together with you to facilitate returning to work.

U-M Occupational Health Services

Phone: (734) 764-8021

Occupational Health Services

U-M Occupational Health Services (OHS) focuses on preventing and managing work-related injuries and illnesses for Ann Arbor and Health System faculty and staff. The OHS team of occupational medicine physicians and nurses also help identify the causes of work-related health issues and advise on prevention strategies.


Phone: (734) 615-0643

WorkConnections is an integrated disability management program to assist faculty, staff and their supervisor when there is an illness or injury (personal or work-related) that results in an absence from work. The program will provide assistance through recovery and help facilitate return to work.

Return to Work

Working together, WorkConnections and University/UMHS Human Resources can help staff members get back to productive work by working with departments to identify transitional assignments that can be done with temporary medical restrictions.

Return to Work Support

Michigan Medicine Employee Assistance Program (UMHS EAP):

Phone: (734) 763-5409

Michigan Medicine Employee Assistance Program

Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO):

Ann Arbor Campus Employees

  • Phone: (734) 936-8660
  • TTY (734) 647-1388

Flint Campus Employees

  • Phone: (734) 936-8660
  • TTY (734) 647-1388

Dearborn Campus Employees

  • Phone: (313) 593-5430

Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office

Michigan Medicine EAP and FASCCO are available to help faculty and staff achieve the following: (a) plan a strategy for talking to co-workers about an absence; (b) prepare a discussion with a supervisor; (c) identify referrals to relevant programs and services; (d) enhance coping skills; and (e) establish goals. These services may increase one’s comfort and ability during the return to work transition.

Quotes from those We've Helped

"Feeling useful is of prime importance to me. Working outside of my department gives me a better understanding of the University workload. Any time you work across the line in another area, you develop an appreciation for other people's work."