Illness versus disability

Does a sick employee always need to stay at home?

Is a person suffering from Diabetes fit for work? Most likely he or she is. On the other hand, if this person needs to be able to work under strenuous conditions for prolonged periods of time in a hot environment?

The difference between a general physician and an Occupational Health physician.

We are aware that most employers, managers and teamleaders do not hold a degree in medicine. So how do you know if a person who is claiming disabilty for work due to illness is actually not fit for work. Could an employee who suffered for example a sprained ankle not perform duties as a desk clerk. Or could this person maybe perform duties that have been adapted in workload and duration?

On the other hand; if a highly motivated staff member who is clearly suffering from a serious flu, but wants to come in anyway to meet some deadlines, is at clear risk of contaminating co-workers, who share the same, small office space, you might want to consider asking this person to stay home and report back in once the symptoms have subsided. 

This is precisely the field an Occupational Health physician specializes in!

Where a family physician will examin the sick employee for signs and symptoms of a disease, an Occupational Health physician will above all try to determine whether or not this illness is causing a disabilty for work.

During their training and education Occupational Health physicians have studied the relations between illness and disability for work. Disability for work does not only depend on the nature and severity of an illness, but also greatly depends on the specific physical and or mental demands of the work itself. It is therefore of the utmost importance that your company doctor is well aware of the nature of your business and is knowledgable on the specific demands your employees need to meet and the conditions that they face in the course of performing their duties.

Your company doctor as part of your team.

At Medwork we make sure that our physicians in charge of evaluating the claim for disability by your staff members know who you are and what the nature of your business is. By visiting your company on a regular basis and by having frequent contact with the team of human resource managers our doctors will know when one of your employees calling in sick is to be considered fit or not-fit for work. 


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