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Workers’ compensation and the role of transferable skills

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Dealing with an injury at work can turn a person’s life upside down. Often, injured workers may find they cannot perform their usual job duties anymore. This is where workers’ compensation and transferable skills come into the picture.

Having transferable skills can help those navigating the workers’ compensation process.

Understanding transferable skills

Transferable skills are abilities you can use in many different jobs, not just one particular career. These might include skills like managing time well, communicating effectively, solving problems or working well with others. Such skills are extremely valuable because they can open doors to new job opportunities across various industries.

When an employee gets hurt on the job, workers’ compensation helps by providing financial support and medical care. However, if the injury prevents the employee from returning to their previous job, knowing their transferable skills can be helpful. These skills can serve as a bridge to a new type of work that is more suitable considering their physical capabilities.

Workers’ compensation and job transition

Workers’ compensation programs often include vocational rehabilitation services. These services are designed to help injured workers find new jobs or retrain for different careers that can accommodate their physical limitations. During vocational rehabilitation, counselors work with injured workers to identify their transferable skills and consider how they can apply them in new roles.

Making the most of transferable skills

To successfully transition to a new job, workers should actively highlight their transferable skills on their resumes and during job interviews. This approach shows potential employers that the worker can bring valuable experience to their company, despite no longer being able to perform their old job duties.

It is also beneficial for workers to engage in additional training or certification programs to strengthen their transferable skills and make themselves more attractive to employers. Workers’ compensation may cover some of these training costs, making it a worthwhile option to explore.

Transferable skills are a key factor in helping injured workers navigate the challenges of workers’ compensation and transition to new employment. By understanding and leveraging these skills, workers can find new job opportunities that fit their current abilities, ensuring they continue to have meaningful employment after an injury. This not only helps individual workers but also supports the overall goal of the workers’ compensation system, which is to help employees recover and return to work.