Tips to Rejoin WorkplaceRejoining, or applying at a new employer can be a daunting task for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It is important to not only ensure individuals are taking their medications but have also gone through a rehabilitation process that helps increase their confidence and adaptability to a new environment. It is increasingly important for those who wish to rejoin the workforce after a brain injury caused long-term disability or paralysis. As outlined by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the following tips are important for patients:
- Engage in routine medical checkups and counseling sessions,
- Talk to your supervisors and managers about available opportunities before rejoining the workforce and seek appropriate working conditions when hired,
- Resume work gradually, work for shorter hours and take a different role from the previous one where the injury occurred – it will reduce the risk of trauma and feelings of anxiety while performing your job.
- If you are rejoining the employment sector after a considerable break, seek Vocational Rehabilitation Services - it helps find appropriate work and gives approval from neuropsychologists and physicians to return to work.
- Seek employment support from work coaches and local disability employment advisors as they assess employability and suggest relevant jobs based on previous work experience, skills and interests.