HOW AN EMPLOYER CAN HELP EMPLOYEE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
CO2 Partners is one of the top executive coaching consultants in the country, providing coaching services for large and medium sized businesses around the country. The lead partner at C02, Gary Cohen, recently shared with us the importance of good leaders demonstrating support for their employees after a car accident or other disability.
Our lawyers know that in most cases after a Minnesota car accident, our clients’ top priorities are 1) getting the car fixed or replaced, 2) getting back to work, and 3) getting necessary medical treatment. Often, getting back to work comes before medical treatment even though it may not be healthy for the client, and even though it may harm their potential legal case. There are usually two reasons for this: the employee’s need for income and the feeling of job responsibility or not wanting to let down the team.
Gary told us that most of his clients have PTO and other leave policies that are helpful, and they often have short and long term disability insurance. But he also stressed that employees may worry about the short and long term impact on the projects and career. Therefore, he advises his clients to have contingency plans in place for this type of scenario. For example, knowing in advance how employees will cover for each other in case of long term illness or accident and temporary work at home policies the employee can take advantage of as they get back on their feet. He also coaches his clients to stay on top of their employee’s prognosis, express their interest in both the employee’s recovery and return to work, and to establish clear, reasonable, expectations as the employee transitions back to work.
Being seriously injured in an accident comes with many challenges. Anything the employer can do to make it less stressful for the employee is greatly appreciated.