Tampa, FL (October 2, 2018) – The Transition2Work program by ReEmployAbility helps thousands of people every year who suffer from an on-the-job injury return to work faster. But the program is also very successful for non-occupational injuries too, improving employees’ sense of value and self esteem while providing meaningful work and an established work routine.
In the summer of 2017, ReEmployAbility was contacted by a Fortune 100 Technology Company for one of their client managers who had suffered from back pain and was recovering from a recent back surgery. After her surgery, Shannon* was limited in her mobility and it was difficult for her to sit or stand for long periods of time. This impeded her from many of her regular daily activities, even including driving to work.
Although Shannon’s company could not provide any work until she could drive again, they realized that getting her back to work quickly and safely would benefit her. Shannon had been out of work for several months at this point and was starting to feel anxious about her job and her “normal life.” Her company recognized healing was Shannon’s first priority but felt if she could return to work in some small way, it would help combat her anxiety and stress.
Her company enrolled her in ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program to match her with an assignment at a local not-for-profit. Through ReEmployAbility’s nationwide network of not-for-profit partners, an assignment was secured for Shannon with a national emergency services organization that needed workers to match volunteers in their database to disasters happening across the country. From hurricanes, to wildfires, to earthquakes Shannon was able to provide valuable assistance from her home, safely following her medical restriction of no driving. Her assignment kept Shannon connected to her company and also connected the community while she healed.
“The at-home program gave me a reason to get up in the morning,” said Shannon. “I was able to work from home knowing that every hour I was putting in was going to make a difference. I immediately stopped thinking of it as putting eight hours a day to get paid. I did it with enthusiasm and passion and the desire to help. I was happy to be part of [a not-for-profit] that has been around for over a hundred years; an organization that is actively helping our country in a time of desperate need. I was able and ready to go to work [from home].”
Shannon completed her physical therapy and was released to her regular full-duty position with her employer after several months. She remains active with the not-for-profit she served and has taken a leadership position in her region to continue their valuable initiatives in her spare time.
The Transition2Work program helped Shannon return to work and stay connected to her employer. Her story is just one of the many that ReEmployAbility has been a part of, connecting people to a greater purpose so they can have a better life.
*name changed for privacy
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About ReEmployAbility: 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 cost-effective solution to modified light duty assignments, reducing claim costs while giving the injured employee time to heal. Utilizing our accredited, national network of not-for-profit 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
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