Magazines often contain stories about people who have made inspiring comebacks after illness or injury. These stories reflect the real world, and fortunately, every year hundreds of thousands of Americans merge successfully back into the workforce.1 While it can take hard work to begin working again after an injury or illness, the benefits go beyond regaining a reliable income. Being part of the work force can boost self-esteem, and there is even some evidence to suggest that people who get back to work can make a quicker recovery.2
If you have been away from your job due to an illness or injury, here are some tips that can help to make it smoother to rejoin the workforce.
Immediately after suffering a serious illness or accident, the concept of getting back to work may seem hard to imagine. Just remember that joining the working universe again can be achieved. Ask your employer, your insurance company and state agencies to see where they can help and in the meantime, keep your eye on the end goal – getting your life back and moving forward.
1,3 U.S. Dep’t of Labor, “Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs,” March 2015
2 Andrea Kay, “At Work: Job, Self-esteem Tied Tightly Together,” USA Today.com, Aug.31, 2013