Host employment is a fantastic vocational rehabilitation service provided by Advantage Injury Management Services. In the event that an injured worker is unable to return to their pre-injury employment in the short or long term, Advantage Injury Management Services can source a host employment placement to facilitate a safe, graduated return to work and/or on the job training in a new role.
The host employment initiative is funded and supported by WorkCover Queensland and other Queensland CTP and self insurers. The injured worker’s wages are paid by the insurer for the duration of the program.
Once a host employer is identified, the injured worker attends the host employer for a 4 to 8 week period, performing designated and suitable work tasks. The length of the program may be extended after this period if appropriate, and with insurer approval. Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists will monitor the injured worker and host employer to ensure that the program goals are achieved, and the outcome successful for all parties.
There is no expectation that the worker will gain employment as a result of the host employment placement. However in our experience, by placing good people in host employment suited to their strengths, knowledge and interests, many of our injured workers obtain meaningful employment as a result of host employment placements. This is a ‘win-win’ situation for both worker and employer, with both parties being able to trial the work arrangement “free of charge” before committing to employment.
Host employment for clients:
When a client is referred for a host employment placement, Advantage Injury Management Services will undertake the following:
- An initial interview with the client to establish their skills, knowledge and employment interests. Based on the results of the interview and the worker’s opinion, the client and occupational therapist or physiotherapist will identify a number of host employment preferences. Advantage Injury Management Services may also utilise a vocational assessment or transferable skills analysis to determine appropriate employment options.
- Following the interview, Advantage Injury Management Services will contact employers related to the client’s preferences to secure a suitable and meaningful host employment placement. Host employment duties always take the workers physical abilities and transferable skills into consideration.
- Once a host employer is identified, Advantage Injury Management Services completes a worksite visit with the client and host employer, where a suitable duties plan is developed in preparation for medical approval.
- Host employment is usually implemented for 4 to 8 weeks, however can be extended beyond this time frame with insurer approval.
What are the benefits of host employment for clients?
- When suitable duties are not available with the injured worker’s pre-injury employment, host employment is an opportunity to participate in a graduated suitable duties plan in a safe environment, until they are fit to return to their normal role.
- It is an opportunity to gain ‘on the job training’ in a new employment role.
- It is a great opportunity to network with new employers and colleagues.
- Host employment can provide confidence and strength to return to work, whether that be in the original work role or a new work role.
- Host employment allows you to “try before you buy” or trial a new employment role you may have always wished to try.
- Provides new skills and the ability to acquire new knowledge, that may assist with career progression in a pre-injury role.
Host employment for employers:
If an employer agrees to be a host employer for an injured worker, Advantage Injury Management Services will undertake the following:
- Provide you with an employment summary or resume so you are aware of the injured workers transferable skills. We will also provide clear guidelines regarding the restrictions caused by the injury, to assist you is identifying suitable tasks for the worker to perform.
- We complete a meeting at your workplace, where our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will introduce you to the injured worker, and confirm the duties that will be suitable for the client to undertake for you.
- A documented suitable duties plan will be provided to you and the worker, confirming the duties, days, hours and restrictions that will apply to the host employment program.
- The occupational therapist or physiotherapist will maintain contact with you over the duration of the program, to ensure that the worker is performing to your satisfaction, and managing the demands of the suitable duties.
What are the benefits of host employment for employers:
- There are no financial costs associated with host employment. WorkCover Queensland covers the worker’s wages for the duration of the host employment program. However, some time may be required to train worker’s in your processes or tasks.
- Most of our injured workers are skilled and experienced in your industry or a related industry, and therefore can be productive during their employment with you.
- It is an opportunity to make new industry and staff contacts, reducing recruitment costs if appropriate.
- There is no paperwork, as Advantage Injury Management Services will complete it for you.
- There is no obligation to employer the worker at the end of the program, however you are able to enter into a private negotiation with the worker should you choose to.
- You are in control of the program, and can end the contract with the worker and insurer at any time should you choose to.
To be a host employer, you must hold an ABN and have public liability insurance.
If you are interested in providing support by becoming a host employer, please email us and we will contact you with any appropriate candidates in your area.