What must be done to improve return to work

A labour point of view on disability management
By Cathy Walker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/11/2003

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magine what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with tears in your eyes from the pain in your wrists. You need the paycheque and don’t want to miss work. So you summon up the courage the next day to phone your supervisor, telling her you won’t be going into work, and that you’re seeing a doctor.

Your physician thinks it’s carpal tunnel syndrome and sends you to a surgeon who confirms the diagnosis. You qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, surgery corrects the problem and you’re able to return to work.