22 December 2014
Modified work, according to Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta, is temporary changes to regular job duties as a result of injury, which may include: changes to work tasks, environment, work load (hours or schedule), or equipment. It may also include work normally performed by others or specially designed job duties. Modified work has been cited to improve return to work outcomes by reducing a worker’s time away from work, providing a work rehabilitation opportunity through safe and realistic work duties, and reducing costs associated with a claim. However, for modified work to be successful it must include productive or meaningful duties, and be safe for the worker within their temporary work restrictions. Given my personal experiences with modified work, I must also add that it is also important to consider the personality of the worker.