Our first focus is to help you return to your employer. If you are not able to return to your date-of-accident job or employer and a job change is needed, we can help you. Your case manager will talk to you about your options and opportunities. We will help you develop a return-to-work plan. Looking for and finding a new job can be stressful, but—we're here to help.
Your case manager may offer a referral to a contracted service provider to help you explore new job options in more detail. There you will work with a dedicated re-employment specialist (an expert in job preparation and coaching) to determine which job options work best for you.
In this three-step program you will explore your new future and prepare for your return to work.
Step 1: Intro to job planning (Getting to know you)
The re-employment specialist will take time to get to know you, your skills, work experience and work interests to help you identify new job opportunities that support your safe re-entry into the workforce. As a team, you, the re-employment specialist and your case manager may identify opportunities for some skill development (like computer classes) and job research to understand what jobs are out there that are suitable for you. This process takes time but will help you prepare to define a job target to pursue once you are fit to resume employment safely.
Step 2: Job planning (Choosing a job)
During this step you will continue to work with a dedicated re-employment specialist who will help you determine the types of job you should be applying for based on your skills and strengths. You will be offered a variety of employment services to help you build your skills even further. Your re-employment specialist will:
- Help you identify the kinds of jobs best suited to your skills and interests.
- Assess possible training opportunities you might need to get the job you want.
- Explain how your wage replacement benefits are set once this 3-step process is complete and you have secured employment or what happens if you have not secured employment.
Step 3: Supported job search (Looking for a job)
Part of the re-employment support available to you is a financially supported job search, combined with coaching on job search techniques, interview skills and more. With the help of the re-employment specialist, you will have selected a job goal to pursue. With this goal in mind, you may begin an active job search with the encouragement and expertise of the re-employment provider to help you along the way.
A supported job search typically lasts up to 16 weeks (approx. 4 months).
Not all injured workers will experience the same path to a successful job search. Some may need a little more support in the form of time and/or additional resources (like one-on-one coaching). WCB and your re-employment service provider will review your personal circumstances and may determine you need more time to succeed with your job search.
It is possible for WCB to extend financial support for your job search if your job search has not generated any viable job leads and/or if you have not secured a job, and
- Your regional unemployment rate is 6% or higher and/or,
- Your return to work is complicated by one of four personal circumstances (like your level of education).
We want to help you succeed. Your case manager will be happy to answer any questions you have about employment services you may be eligible for.