Research Updates

How do workers decide when to return?

RTWMatters team

Top ten considerations that underlie decisions about the timing of RTW.

In 2015, researchers asked 34 injured workers in Boston, Massachusetts, to list all the things they'd take into account when deciding when to return to work. The top ten considerations were: Negative impression created by extended time off work, e.g. “I need to get back to work, or no one is going to want to hire me.” Desire for normalcy, e.g. “I want things to get back to normal, so the sooner I can get...

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