A workplace accident can disrupt your job while you heal. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need weeks or even months before you can resume your responsibilities.
Knowing how to navigate your injury without derailing your career may ease your transition back to work when the time comes. Even with a serious wound, you have the right to work and have a successful future.
Set realistic goals
If you suffered an injury at work, you are definitely not alone. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, millions of laborers in America suffer serious injuries each year. The outcome of these injuries may range from taking a few days off of work to the need for permanent job modifications or career changes.
Once you have received adequate medical care, you can begin making goals for your recovery. Participate in discussions about your health with your medical team. Ask about your treatment options and what you can do to support your recovery. Inform your employer of your goals so they can provide support and help you prepare for returning to work, especially if you will require job modifications.
Maintain your network
Taking time away from work to rehabilitate does not mean you can no longer communicate with the people you work with. Despite this setback, capitalize on opportunities to network and communicate with other professionals. Even if your injuries prevent you from going back to your former job, having a solid network may open the door to other, promising opportunities.
Setting personal and professional goals, as well as maintaining meaningful connections, can help you keep control of your career. Even with the uncertainty of the future, your decision to not give up hope can facilitate the development of a successful future regardless of unexpected changes to your ability to work.