When we discuss the CompAlliance Alternative Transitional Duty Program (ATD) with our client partners, one of the advantages we discuss is the positivity that flows with assignment into our ATD program. The injured worker is working in an environment with other volunteers that WANT to be there, and are helping others in need. There are obviously many work-related advantages including increasing functional capabilities while working, but today I wanted to share with you a different aspect of this program.
Mr. S was placed in the CompAlliance ATD program and worked two weeks at the ATD site. He was released on a Thursday, to full duty. Mr. S called our Vocational Consultant who had placed him in this position to let her know of his release, and asked if he could go to the ATD site on Friday since he didn’t want the volunteer site to be short-handed and he did not anticipate his employer being able to get him back on the work schedule until the weekend or the following Monday.
He added he enjoyed the volunteer work so much that he was going to continue to volunteer as able. The employer verified they would not be able to get him onto the work schedule for Friday, and thanked him for his kind gesture. The injured worker also noted that everyone at the volunteer site and coordinating his ATD program worked with him to accommodate his schooling (he is currently studying to be an RN) and without being asked he rearranged his PT and MD appointments to avoid missing time at his ATD worksite.
If you would like to learn more about the advantages of an Alternative Transitional Duty Program for your employees, call us at 866-825-9800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.