Durham, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) – Injured workers who can stay at work or return as soon after an injury as possible have quicker recoveries than others, research has shown. Getting buy-in for the idea from many areas of an organization is key to making it a reality.
In addition to leadership, supervisors, managers, human resource personnel andother staff members are just as important. One organization rewards those who engage in the effort.
“Duke recognized five employees on Tuesday for their role in helping colleagues continue to work while recovering from injuries,” the school said in a statement. “They earned the honor by helping make it possible for injured Duke coworkers to work safely during their recovery.”
Called ‘return-to-work MVPs’, the five represent many areas of the university and the Duke Health System.
- Matt Sears, Director of Educational Programs, Duke Talent Identification Program
- Terra Ylizarde, Human Resources Manager, Duke Talent Identification Program
- Marie Stone, Chief Technologist, Duke Hospital Radiology
- René Livingston Flowers, Nurse Manager of Operations, Surgical Services, Duke Regional Hospital
- John E. Trotman, Transit Operations Manager, Duke University Parking & Transportation
“The opportunity for injured workers to continue working, and maintain their productivity while they’re recovering from their injury, is something I like to describe as a shared goal because it benefits the injured worker and Duke at the same time,” said Chip Kyles, Duke’s director of Workers’ Compensation.
This year’s winners join 16 ‘RTW MVPs’ who received plaques last year.
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of keeping our injured employees productive and engaged in the workplace as they are trying to recover from injury,” Kyles said at the time. “Our goal is that every injured worker should be able to work whenever it’s safe for them to do so. There’s a lot that goes into that.”