Restructuring Helps Employers Manage Work Related Injury Problems

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This article was published in the September 2017 edition of the Thompson-Okanagan Business Examiner.

Derek Sienko, president and chief executive officer of Diversified Rehabilitation Group is a strong advocate of best practices for Workplace Health and Wellness.

After suffering a debilitating hand injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as having over 18 years of professional experience in disability management, he knows first-hand the physical and psychological challenges the injured worker and employer faces.

“In 2011 and 2012 Statistics Canada showed that the estimated direct cost of absenteeism averaged 2/4 per cent of gross annual payroll, which translates to a loss of $16.6 billion to the Canadian economy,” he said.

Established in 2000, Diversified provides disability management and return-to-work services to small, medium and large organizations throughout BC.

“With the legal hurdles and privacy issues employers have to face, it’s important to get it right. We provide assistance and support for both the employer and the employee.”

By focusing on a team approach, and staying attentive to both employer and employee needs Diversified manages the legal components of an injured worker and the specific health issues. Its professionals are experts in return-to-work rehabilitation and are suitable for any size of organization and disability claim.

Recently, DRG was recognized for its work with a 2016 Business Excellence Award for the Mid-Size (11-50 employees) Business of the Year Award.

Not only has the business seen significant growth in the past ten years, but Sienko also created an initiative to support the Kidney Foundation of BC and Yukon by encouraging companies to offer employees a chance to register for organ donation as a standard practise.

It also hosts an annual Organizational Health and Wellness Summit. The summit brings together leading-edge speakers and presenters with interactive sessions and informative displays. The theme for 2018 is “Let’s Talk Solutions” and will take place in June in Kelowna.

Diversified Rehabilitation Services has locations in Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby and Kelowna. It offers effective Return-To-Work programs as well as provides claims management for WorkSafeBC, and short and long-term physical and psychological disability claims.

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