ReEmployAbility’s Return-to-Work Program Reports More Than $400,000 per Quarter Average Savings
ReEmployAbility, the largest national provider of early return-to-work (RTW) services and transitional employment programs, announced results from its Transition2Work program, which helps injured workers transition back to work through modified light duty assignments at local non-profit organizations. Results from the program showed that clients saved an average of over $400,000 per quarter.
“One of the biggest questions about return-to-work programs is ‘what’s my return on investment,” said Debra Livingston, ReEmployAbility’s co-founder. “As soon as an injured worker is released to light duty, implementing a RTW program immediately helps to contain costs as well as acclimate the injured worker back to the workplace. Using ODG data as a benchmark, our program shows that our clients save an average of over $400,000 per quarter.”
ReEmployAbility measured the success of the RTW program by calculating the number of days to return to work over or under those recommended by the ODG for the specific injury, and the corresponding cost per day. As a result, clients saw on average more than $400,000 in savings each quarter in 2013. Additionally, 90% of program participants had successful outcomes.
Through its Transition2Work program, ReEmployAbility places an employer’s injured workers on assignment at non-profit organizations for modified light duty work. The employee retains all the benefits of employment and the employer resumes the payment of wages. This keeps the employee connected to his pre-injury employer while the employer benefits in lower claim costs that impact experience ratios.
“It may seem to the employer that if their employee is working elsewhere that savings would be impossible,” stated Frances Ford, ReEmployAbility’s co-founder. “Our results clearly illustrate that the long-term benefits of our RTW program deliver a tremendous financial value to our clients, enables the employer to retain an experienced and trained employee, complies with state and federal employment regulations, and improves workplace morale.”
Research also supports significant psychological benefits for injured workers who participate in a RTW program. The program allows the injured worker to engage in meaningful and productive work, keep a flexible work schedule, and establish daily work habits. Statistics show that for every week an injured worker is out of work, RTW possibility decreases.
“When an injured worker participates in the Transition2Work program working at a nonprofit, he not only benefits personally, but also helps the community,” said Ford. “This aspect of the transitional assignment instills great pride and boosts self-worth—an immeasurable benefit to both the injured worker and the community.”
Founded in 2003, ReEmployAbility is the largest national provider of early return-to-work (RTW) services and transitional employment programs. Our Transition2Work program offers employers a turnkey, cost-effective solution to modified light duty assignments, reducing claim costs while giving the injured worker time to heal. Utilizing our accredited, national network of nonprofit partners, we create innovative programs to help accommodate injured workers in the transition back to work. For more information, call 866-663-9880, visit www.ReEmployAbility.com or read our blog at www.transition2work.us