We can all agree that the labor market is tight. There are HELP WANTED signs everywhere. Take a drive along any paved road and you'll see them nailed on fence posts, written on billboards and scrawled on the sides of semi-trailers. The issue is serious and you would think any employer would use whatever they can to increase worker retention and recruitment. Even focusing on workers compensation.
We get it...say the words "workers compensation" and eyes glaze over. But, think about it. If you have a solid system to deal with worker compensation claims you do two things:
- Improve your employer/employee relationship with the injured party;
- Polish your employment brand as being fair and concerned.
The key is to take the time to focus on a system to engage the injured employee and the treatment facility all to make sure the employee returns to work quickly and whole.
Recently Michael Libbie, a long time member of NTPDA, shared an interview from his radio show, Insight on Business the News Hour, in which he had a conversation with a firm based in Iowa, Colorado and Arizona that specializes in Human Resource Management. By no means does the NTPDA wish to tell you to use the firm that is being interviewed. We are simply trying to share the information that could help you and your business retain valuable workers and build a positive message about your business which can enhance your recruitment ability.
If you would like to listen to the conversation just click this link. Then, consider what procedures you have in place to deal with workers compensation. We know our members can often be in a business where unintended injuries can happen. We just hope you have a plan to deal with them.
In this tight labor market we need all the help we can get.
Thanks for reading and remember to make plans to be with us in January! We've got a dynamite program coming together and you do not want to miss it!