Return to Work
The Return-To-Work (RTW) Program is an innovative approach to assisting employees with occupational/non-occupational injuries/illnesses to return to full productivity. The philosophy of this program is to control the effects of disability and absenteeism in the work place and assist injured or ill employees to return to their normal activities as soon as possible.
No matter how healthy you are today, the possibility of an injury or illness interrupting your work and life activities is unsettling. State employees are valued and recognized as a critical resource needed to meet the State's mission to provide fast, easy and friendly service to our customers and "the citizens of Georgia". Therefore, the State of Georgia is proud to provide the Return to Work benefit program to those who need assistance during a recovery process.
The goal of the Return to Work benefit program is the safe return of employees to transitional or regular employment. Medical research has shown that people recover at a quicker pace if they remain active and return to their normal routine as soon as possible, avoiding isolation and the mind set of disability.
The RTW program offers an employee access to transitional duties that are approved by his or her physician. This could be as simple as a flexible schedule to permit attendance at medical/therapy appointments or an assignment to a special project that provides duties suited to reduced capacities.
As a participant in the RTW program, employees become an active part of the decision making process related to the design of transitional employment. Employee and Agency needs are best served when medically appropriate job tasks are provided to serve as a bridge to regular employment.