Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Work Disability Prevention

Work is Healthy

Work gives us an identity, a sense of self-worth. It gives us meaning. Work is about much more than a pay cheque. It helps define us. We get personal satisfaction from a job well done. Beyond the personal impact, work is an essential element in our society. It is the glue that holds our community and our economy together.

Return to Work

Work is an important part of life, especially as you recover from an injury. Staying active, productive, and connected to your workplace can help you recover faster and prevent work disability.

Medical evidence proves that recovering at work is better for most workers. Working is good for physical and mental health and often helps speed up the healing process. You don’t have to be fully recovered before returning to your workplace. Actively participating in a recover-at-work program can help you get better faster. This can be achieved by participating in modified duties, modified hours (or a combination of both) or an easeback.

How can the WCB help?

If your injury prevents you from performing your regular job duties, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) will work with you, your employer, and your healthcare providers to develop a return to work plan. The plan may include a gradual increase to your hours or duties. It could also include other suitable work that was not part of your pre-injury duties or work conditioning to build your strength and stamina.

The plan is unique to you. As a team, we design it together specifically around your abilities and the kind of work that is available with your employer.

What are the benefits of returning to work?

Work contributes to the healing process and strengthening your mind and body. By returning to work quickly and safely after your injury, you can also reduce lost earnings. You may also gain new skills and experience from different work opportunities.

Can I return to work before I fully recover?

Yes. Depending on your injury, you may be able to do some of your regular job duties or other suitable work. Many workers can return to all of their regular job duties before they fully recover from their injury.

Your Role

  • Working with your healthcare providers. Talk to your healthcare providers about what you do at work and plan what you can do while you recover. Make sure that you attend all of your scheduled appointments and follow the treatment plan set for you.
  • Working with your employer. Keep your employer informed about your recovery. Work together to plan for your return to work. Help to identify duties that you are capable of performing.
  • Keeping the WCB informed. Keep in touch with the WCB. Tell us about your progress each week, and let us know about any upcoming medical appointments.
A return to work plan is a program which can include:
  • Gradual building of hours and/or duties through an easeback program.
  • Modified or alternate work which may or may not be part of your pre-injury duties.
  • Programs to build strength and stamina.
If you have any questions about your timely and safe return to work, please discuss them with WCB staff. More information can also be found on the Working to Well webpage, in the Work Disability Prevention for Workers brochure and the WCB's return to work policies.

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