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If a person is off work for 20 days the chance of returning to work is

70%

Evidence has shown that the earlier a worker returns to work, the better his/her chances of recovery.

If a person is off work for:

  • 20 days (four weeks) they have a 70 per cent chance of returning to work
  • 45 days the chance of returning to work is 50 per cent
  • 70 days there is just a 35 per cent chance they will return to work.

Recovery from physical injuries and a return to normal life can reduce stress and other mental health issues for the worker.

For employers, it can help to promote a positive work culture, improve attendance and performance and enhance productivity. Similarly, earlier return to work also helps to reduce claim and premium costs.