Height adjustable desks specialist Ergomotion has collated five reasons why workers recovering from an injury should ease themselves back into work. Ergomotion also provides suggestions on how to go about it.
Injured workers look forward to resuming their professional duties as the forced rest can be quite frustrating to many. Common work-related injuries are mostly musculoskeletal in nature affecting the back, shoulder, neck or wrist. Injuries are often caused by random incidents, but some of the more prevalent work-related injuries are derived from overexertion, slipping or tripping, repetitive motion, falling objects, vehicle accidents and machine entanglement among others.
However, returning to work following an accident or injury can be a daunting experience for several reasons. The worker’s confidence takes a beating due to the injury and there will be worries about whether the worker is still capable of doing the job. Changes on the work front may also affect the worker in terms of new faces on the team, or a different environment.
Five reasons why you should ease yourself back to work and how to go about it
Helps kick-start your emotional recovery
While injuries at the workplace may seem physical in appearance, the impact they can leave on the worker’s psyche is often hard to fathom. Physical injuries are commonly known to lead to depression, feelings of anxiety, inability to cope with change, loss of confidence and diminished interpersonal skills.
Making the physical move back to work can help speed up the emotional recovery as well. A supportive employer plays a very important role in the employee’s transition back into the workplace, a process that may include a meeting to discuss how the employee feels about coming back, whether their role has changed in their absence, and how both employer and employee can go about managing that change. Having an encouraging employer, supportive team and regular routine can renew the employee’s confidence and pave the road to recovery.
Technology that speeds up recovery
The modern workplace offers a conducive environment for an injured worker to ease back into the job, with some help from technology, which is available in abundance today. For example, a standing desk can play a significant role in a workplace committed to helping their workers. Working in a seated position for long hours will have significant long term impact on posture, resulting in sore back, neck pain and stiff shoulders. Numerous studies demonstrate the benefits of a standing desk over a standard sitting one with the standing desk proven to strengthen the back. These ergonomic desks can be height adjusted in seconds from sit to stand using an ultra-quiet energy efficient motor.
Relieves financial strain
A traumatic accident invariably impacts the finances of the worker due to extended absence from work. Going back to work, even on a part-time basis, can help contribute to the financial stability of the family, and provide some relief to household expenses and bills.
Eases family pressures
While caring family and friends can play an instrumental role in a speedy recovery, the chances are that the accident has had a significant emotional impact on them too. Returning to work can help resolve any feelings of frustration at home and restore the balance.
Laws against discrimination
Injured employees are protected by laws against discrimination at the workplace especially during the recovery period. It is important for the worker to familiarise themselves with the local legislation, so that they can understand their entitlements including support from their employer during the process of returning to work.