Acclaimed workforce solutions provider helps businesses and employees achieve a smooth transition after a period of absence.
As budget-conscious companies look for creative ways to reduce employee turnover, cut back on training costs, and boost team morale, phased return to work (PRtW) has become a quickly growing trend. Billed as a progressive workplace benefit, PRtW is designed to smooth the transition after an employee has been out of the office for an extended period of time due to illness or injury.
With PRtW, the employee resumes his or her work schedule in increments. With approval from a supervisor, HR department, and/or physician, work hours are gradually increased over a pre-defined time frame.
In March of 2010, Intellicate added a PRtW service to their repertoire of workplace management services. As a leading provider of top-notch workforce solutions, the London-based company specializes in effective schedule management. Their flagship product, Schedule24 Professional, helps employers achieve maximum efficiency in staff allocation and management. With PRtW, Intellicate expands their offerings to accommodate this new development in workforce optimization.
Benefits of PRtW
A growing number of organizations, HR professionals, and medical providers are recognizing the long list of benefits that can be achieved by PRtW. When an employee resumes his or her workload gradually, he or she is less likely to suffer a relapse or enter a state of “burnout”, resulting in enhanced efficiency and productivity.
In a time of heightened awareness of labor rights and a surge of lawsuits, implementing PRtW helps to reduce the frequency of litigious employees and workplace discrimination claims. Phased return to work also ensures a higher level of accountability and knowledge for all parties involved.
“HR chiefs believe the note will inevitably lead to disputes between employers and staff,” says Tim Mills COO of Intellicate “Our PRtW services at phasedreturntowork significantly reduce the probability of conflicts.”
How Intellicate Can Help
By adding PRtW services to their offerings, Intellicate has allocated the resources and expertise to help small and mid-sized businesses manage all aspects of the process:
- Customizing a flexible but clearly defined PRtW program for each company
- Counseling employers on how to offer PRtW without compromising their existing operational policies or goals
- Balancing employee capabilities with organizational needs to minimize risk
- Creating detailed written PRtW plans for re-entry after a period of sick leave
As proven leaders in workforce scheduling strategies, Intellicate works with companies to create effective phased schedules designed to benefit the interests of all parties. Their expert HR outsourcing team provides insights and guidance along the way. “Dame Carol Black, the health expert who advocated this revolutionary approach, warned the fit-note won’t work without more detail,” Mills notes. “We’re providing the employer and employee with the kind of detail they can action together in the workplace”.
With partners in Australia and the United States, Intellicate provides software and services to clients around the world. Schedule24 Professional is a registered trademark of Intellicate. Learn more about their world-class workforce solutions at www.intellicate.com.