How the Return to Work Program Works

Return to Work programs have been established in Campus and Health System departments to provide a consistent and coordinated approach to return to work.

Process Steps

  1. Work Connections serves as a starting point for return to work by communicating medical progress to departments. Illnesses are reported to Work Connections.
  2. Work Connections tracks the staff member’s progress and informs the department when the staff member can return to work with temporary medical restrictions.
  3. The department, in cooperation with the Return to Work coordinator, attempts to locate transitional work or identify modified duty work for the employee. The employee returns to transitional work.
  4. When indicated by the employee’s physician, the employee returns to his or her regular job duties.

A typical transitional assignment lasts about 90 days and may be discontinued if you need a longer period of recovery, if your restrictions change or are lifted, or if the work is no longer available.

Examples of Transitional Work Assignments
Injury/Illness Regular Classification Possible Transitional Work Option
Knee Replacement Carpenter Inputting work orders into the department’s computer system
Back Strain Administrative Assistant Regular work but with a modification to sit or stand as needed and assistance when moving heavy binders
Torn Rotator Cuff Custodian Regular work but with temporary assistance in lifting heavy objects