Recovery at work is good for business

For most people, working is good for their health and wellbeing. The workplace can provide a supportive social network, regular routine and a sense of purpose1. Because of this, working can also play a major role in recovering from illness or injury.

Research shows the longer a person is off work, the higher the chance they'll develop a secondary condition, which can further prolong absence or even prevent them from returning altogether2. Where this happens, employers are generally faced with the disruption of replacing a valuable employee, increased training and recruitment costs, and reduced productivity while others cover the lost output.

AMP insurance can help by providing you and your employees with personalised, expert support to incorporate work into their recovery, helping them get back to work sooner. 

An alternative way of thinking  

Most people don't have to fully recover or finish treatment before they can resume work. By supporting your employees' recovery while at work, you'll help them recover more quickly. It's not only good for them, it's good for business.

Your business benefits by:

  • retaining the skills and knowledge of your employees
  • avoiding the costs of lost productivity
  • not having to invest in recruiting and training new staff to cover absent employees, and 
  • building morale and employee engagement when employees see that you'll support them should illness or injury strike.

How we can help 

AMP insurance works with you, your employee and their doctor to create a tailored recovery at work plan that focuses on your employee's ability, and encourages them to play an active role in recovering while performing some work. We'll discuss this with you to identify options such as modified workspaces or duties, part-time work or conditioning to build capacity.

For more information on how we can help your employees resume working as soon as it's practical, speak to your account manager. To notify us of an employee's claim, call us on 1300 366 214, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm (Sydney time).

Top tips for helping your employees get back to work

1. Communicate

Staying in touch with an injured or ill employee throughout their recovery ensures they still feel part of the team. Consider inviting them to attend team meetings or sending them updates. Regular communication helps them feel connected.

2. Set a date

Studies show that getting back to work is an important step on the road to recovery. Work with your employee's doctor and insurer to set a return to work date that everyone is comfortable with.

3. Consider other duties

Focus on what your employee can do, rather than on what they can't. If necessary, discuss options for suitable alternative duties with your employee and their doctor. Whether it's reduced hours in their regular job or modified or alternative duties, getting your employee back to work will help them recover sooner.

4. Create a supportive environment

Show a genuine interest in your employee's recovery, and check in regularly to see how they are going and offer your assistance. Encouragement from their colleagues will also create a positive return to work environment.


1 Working for a healthier tomorrow, Dame Carol Black, March 2008
2 Realising the health benefits of work, A position statement, The Royal College of Physicians, October 2011,