WE NEED YOU BACK?
With the consultant work I often get asked to review policies and procedures. One of the biggest questions that come up when I am working with the return to work policy is if it covers off the areas needed. I have to say yes it looks good on that paper but means nothing to the injured worker. The policy always says if you get hurt on our job we will look after you and get you back to work as quick as we can.
Talking with management they say we need you at work, so we want you back. Having worked with a few people over the course of years I have found that is not a very true statement.
One person was hurt on a job site over 10 years ago and has never worked for the company again, despite putting in several resumes for jobs that were the same as they were doing before and being told you do not have the experience we need. Another recent one a worker was hurt 2 years ago and was told you will never work for us again. When the employee asked about this, they were told we do not have anything stating that in our records. This employee has also put several resumes in to do the same work as they were doing before and gets the same reply. You do not have the experience.
I guess the person that was injured at work in both of these cases lost experience when they got hurt. Or just maybe they didn’t have the ZERO HARM safety in their best interest and that is why they were injured.
I would bet if you talked to these workers none of them woke up on that day and said I am going into work today and hurt myself, but it happened.
Some of these big companies out there should wake up and do what they say they will do. If you say you will look after your people, then do it. Do not have a policy that you can not or will not follow.
Maybe your ZERO HARM policy should state if you get hurt on one of our jobs then we will close our business because we failed at ZERO HARM, we did not protect you as we said we would. After all ZERO HARM is about being perfect right?