Workshop topics may stand alone or be combined depending upon quantity of material and how long it takes to present the information. If the company can only devote a limited amount of time to training, use a gap analysis to decide your most important areas. Agap analysis tells what best practices are currently being used across your corporation, identifying gaps in best practice implementation. Workshops should address specific needs, and there should be written training objectives that address the question, "What do we want the attendees to do differently AFTER our workshop?"
Key Elements: Injury Management Introduction and Basic Workers' Compensation Issues
1. Identify basic resources – what do the participants need to learn about workers compensation cost containment.
2. List the direct costs – include all medical, indemnity and expenses.
3. List the indirect costs – make a complete list of the costs of investigation, overtime, training new employees, etc.
4. List benefit levels – for the states in which you have employees.
5. Describe the financial impact of workers' compensation and explain the ways losses are measured and types of reports which are measures of your performance – relate it to something that "clicks" with your management, that relates to YOUR business.
6. It will be helpful to have on hand the most recent workers compensation laws – these are available at State Laws. http://reduceyourworkerscomp.com/workers-compensation-state-laws-and-regulations.php#axzz11v2L8Plo
An "extra" that is key is to cover the roles and responsibilities of everyone in your company or organzation. There is often confusion of who has primary responsibility for the duties associated with work comp.
Key Elements: Roles and Responsibilities of everyone involved including:
– Risk Management (RM) Department best practices.
– The workers' compensation manager.
– Supervisor responsibilities.
– Employee best practices.
– Senior management responsibilities.
– Medical department and medical director responsibilities.
– Legal department responsibilities.
– General manager (GM) responsibilities.
– Safety manager responsibilities. (WCxKit)
The initial sessions are the hallmark for the rest of the workshops. Once these first two sessions are out of the way spoken (and unspoken) questions will be answered. No matter what the questions are: "Why do we have to do this anyway?" "Is the company just trying to get out of paying injured employees?" "What specific work will I need to do?" – answers put to rest any initial skepticism, because the bottom line is a workers' compensation program save's the company money, genuinely results in better injury resolution and makes for a healthier, happier workforce.
\Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers’ Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, manufacturing, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. Contact: Robert_Elliott@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com .
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