Graded Work Entry
Provides employees wanting/needing to return to work with the opportunity to re-acclimate to the physical demands of a job and to improve muscle strength/ general endurance for essential work tasks.
- A Quantitative Job Demand Analysis (QJDA) is completed to determine the physical demand level of each job and job subtask.
- A progression of light/moderate and intense physical exertion tasks is designed to gradually and systematically increase the frequency, force and duration of work over a period of time.
- Workers are rotated into the jobs that require intense physical exertion for a portion of the day and then rotated into jobs that require light/moderate physical exertion for the remainder of the shift
- The speed of progression depends on the overall physical exertion level of the job, injury risk factors present and the skill and fitness level of the returning worker.
- Employees are paired with experienced workers to provide an opportunity to relearn correct lifting and material handling techniques, practice strategies to maintain optimal body mechanics, and problem-solve challenging job tasks/situations.