It is sometimes difficult to return to work after being out as a result of a work related injury. You may not agree that you are physically able to return to work. You may be returned to work with light duty restrictions and be worried that your employer will not accommodate those restrictions.
Here are four tips that should help you:
- Try to go back to work: Even if you disagree, and think you are not ready, you should make a good faith effort to return to work. This doesn’t just mean to show up for work. You should do your best once you get there. You may surprise yourself and be able to perform your job.
- Ask for help if you need it: If there are tools that can make your job easier, use them. If you need help from a co-employee, don’t be hesitant to ask.
- Know your restriction: If you are released to work under light duty restrictions, make sure you know what these restrictions are. Bring multiple copies of the doctor’s note laying out your restrictions. If your employer asks you to do something beyond those restrictions, respectfully let him know that you are not supposed to do that sort of work and provide him with a copy of the doctor’s note.
- Don’t be a hero: If you just can’t physically do the work, or if your boss insists that you do work beyond your restrictions, respectfully tell him that you tried your best but you need to go home. Don’t risk further injury or agonizing pain.