A safe and timely return to work can help speed your recovery, keep you connected to your workplace and contribute to improved mental, physical and social well-being.
Depending on your needs, there are many different types of return-to-work programs available. When you’re ready, a member of the absence and disability management team will work with you to create a customized plan that meets your recovery needs.
How is a plan created for me?
- A safe and suitable return-to-work plan is developed between you and your absence and disability management contact with input from your health care providers and union (if applicable).
- Plans can include both modified working hours and modified tasks.
- Once a return–to-work plan has been created, your absence and disability management team member will be in contact with you, your manager/supervisor and union (if applicable).
How can I prepare for my return to work?
- Connect with your manager/supervisor prior to your first day back, to get any updates from the department.
- Be familiar with your return–to-work plan tasks and hours.
- Connect with your absence and disability management team member if you have any questions or concerns.
What is supernumerary?
Supernumerary is a term often used in return–to-work plans. If a supernumerary is part of your return-to-work plan, it means that you will be assigned to a buddy who will be working with you throughout the day. Your buddy will be available to complete tasks that you are not yet able to perform on your own, and to cover your work when you need a break.
How do I make my return to work successful?
- Returning to work after an absence can be challenging. Remember that when starting a return-to-work plan, you are not expected to be 100%.
- Set up regular check-ins with your manager/supervisor to communicate your progress and discuss any concerns you might have such as workload, job duties and performance.
- Remember that you do not have to share the specific details about your medical condition with your manager/supervisor or coworkers.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help while on this plan.