Today, I’m speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference in Atlanta – I want to pose a question to HR Directors across the country. Are you afraid of handling workers compensation?
I know you’re asking why is she asking this question, well it seem that a lot of HR folks are afraid of the word “Workers Comp” today I spent time introducing myself to several people and when I said “Workers Comp” they just cringed. Most said its not you its just the system.
Well if you are attending my session – I’ve Fallen & I Won’t Get Up” you already know my views on this subject. If you’re reading this post it means you are afraid – yes, I said it – afraid!
Let’s evaluate what workers comp is – the last time I check its a form of Talent Management. Yes, talent management – when employees are injured at your company do you continue to manage them as if you were managing talent?
If the answer is no then let me ask you a key question. Before the injury did you invest in grooming this individuals talent? Did you invest in making sure they were meeting your talent expectations? Generally the answer is yes. So why do we suddenly stop managing the “Talent” when the employee is injured.