WC - WesWorks®


WesWorks® Give Back. Go Back. An Off-Site Return-to-Work Program

For employers who don’t have on-site return-to-work (RTW) positions available, WesWorks® is the ideal solution. WesWorks® is a return-to-work alternative that enables employers and their injured employees to give back to the community, until the injured employee is able to go back to work at the employer’s workplace.

Although you are committed to providing transitional RTW opportunities for your injured employees, the reality is that sometimes it is difficult to accommodate on-site transitional work. WesWorks® is here to assist. This Westfield RTW program provides temporary off-site transitional work for your injured employees at a local charitable organization when you cannot accommodate on-site transitional duty as part of your RTW program.

Westfield is your partner in navigating through the many challenges associated with workers’ compensation. When it comes to RTW, Westfield has a complete program - so you can help your employees remain connected and engaged, while minimizing the financial impact to both your employees and your business.

How it Works

The Westfield workers’ compensation claims team will coordinate superior medical care for your injured employees. When your injured employee is medically ready to return to work, we will work with you and our medical and vocational partners to develop an on-site RTW solution based on your business and your RTW program. When on-site RTW is not an option, that’s where WesWorks® steps in. Westfield will coordinate a temporary placement with a local non-profit organization, where your injured employee can safely work and rehabilitate while making a difference in the community. Your injured worker is still your employee. To maximize program benefits, you will pay suitable wages for the work being performed. Westfield will coordinate the program referrals, logistics and any other benefits due. Your injured employee will return to work with you as soon as you can accommodate medical restrictions or when the injured employee is ready to resume regular job duties.

An Integrated Benefits Institute study reports 72% of costs associated with disability are indirect costs for the business - not benefit costs

A study by Helve reported savings of 54% of current workers’ compensation costs after implementing a RTW program.*
*American Society of Safety Engineers, Leslie M Batterson, CSP, CPEA, Bruce J Fyle, CSP, ARM, CPEA & Deborah Weingard

A properly administered RTW program can realize an $8 to $10 savings for every dollar invested.*
*American Society of Safety Engineers, Leslie M Batterson, CSP, CPEA, Bruce J Fyle, CSP, ARM, CPEA & Deborah Weingard

Program benefits include:

  • Supports positive employee outlook and continued attachment to the workforce.
  • Maximizes income for your injured employees
  • Minimizes lost time from work
  • Increases workforce productivity
  • Supports your commitment of citizenship in collaboration with Westfield
  • Assists in managing challenging RTW situations
  • Decreases medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Helps you achieve the best experience mod results possible by reducing the amount of lost time and indemnity payments

Employee Benefits

  • Continued participation in employee benefit programs
  • Increased income
  • Continued engagement and attachment to the workplace
  • Quicker recovery from work injury
  • A sense of stability and security in knowing that employer cares
  • Decreased financial hardship
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced stress, boredom and depression
  • Less physical and mental deconditioning
  • Continued positive relationships with fellow employees
  • Alleviated concern about continued employment and employment benefits

Claim Savings

Employers who implement and maintain an effective workers’ compensation return-to-work program, including WesWorks®, help their employees quickly recover and return to normal while positioning their business for success.

Workers’ Compensation Experience Mod

A well-managed return-to-work program will support claims cost savings, superior workers’ compensation experience mod outcomes and better business results through reduced employer costs associated with work related injuries.

Real Employer Costs of Not Controlling Work-Related Injuries

The total cost of a work-related injury is more expensive than most businesses realize because of the hidden costs. Studies show that the ratio of indirect costs to direct costs vary based on many factors, but are as high as 20 to 1.*

Use this link to go to OSHA Safety Pays Program information and learn more about the hidden costs to your business of not managing your workers’ compensation program with a RTW program

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