Well-trained supervisors recognize the vital role they play in the rehabilitation process, and provide vital support to injured workers. From the initial report of pain or injury, through to successful return to work, proactive involvement and encouragement from a workers’ supervisor can have a big influence on the rehabilitation cost of a workplace injury.
“Research has shown that workers who feel valued and cared for by their employer and supervisor are more motivated and proactive with return to work following injury. “
Employ Health’s supervisor training packages are designed to equip supervisors with the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise a worker who may be ‘at risk’ of injury
- Understand the differences in the experience of pain between individuals
- Know how to encourage early reporting of pain and discomfort to allow proactive care, before a serious injury occurs
- Know how to appropriately respond to a report of pain or injury
- Understand the importance of their ongoing support and care for an injured worker during the rehabilitation process
- Understand positive behaviours and behaviours that may create barriers to recovery
Research has shown that:
- Workers who have more supportive supervisors are lees likely to become injured and Injury rates have been shown to be related to employee rating of injury prevention training, supervisor support and employee engagement
- McCaughey, D. et. al. (2014). The relationship of positive work environments and work injury: The evidence from the National Nursing Assistants Survey. Health Care Management Review, 39:1.