Workers in pain can go down one of two paths, and employers need to "control the context" around the pain early after an injury to ensure it doesn't lead to unnecessary treatments and surgeries and long-term workers' comp claims, a workplace physiotherapist says.
Employers can use screening tools to detect employees at risk of long-term sick leave and quickly return them to work, an analysis of questionnaires for workers and occupational physicians has suggested.
The costly rise in secondary mental injury claims is one of many indicators that employers need to do more to improve how they deal with mental health and stigma at work, a major workers' comp insurer says.
One in five Australian workers suffer from financial stress and they're more likely to engage in presenteeism and take sick leave, but employers can take simple steps to help workers become "financially well", an AMP director says.
An employer has been ordered to pay a psychologically ill worker $160,000, after a court found its decision to dismiss him over "concerns about [his] capacity to return to work" was the same as dismissing him because of his mental disability.
Workers with passive, undemanding roles are at increased risk of cognitive decline, and employers should attempt to mitigate this and associated issues, like higher absence rates, through clever job design, a decade-long study has found.
The rate of unsuccessful return-to-work attempts has increased significantly in the last two years, with one in five injured workers requiring more than one attempt, a major Safe Work Australia survey has found.
A court has rejected a worker's claim that his employer took adverse action against him by sacking him after he took sick leave, after the employer was able to demonstrate his illness "played no part" in the dismissal.