A new start for injured employees

It is not always possible for employees to return to their pre-injury employer. In these cases Konekt is able to offer its New Employer Service, a specialised redeployment program that assists injured employees secure new employment.

Over the past 10 years Konekt has successfully returned thousands of individuals to the workforce. Over this time we’ve learnt what works. And what doesn’t. Recently, we have consolidated these learnings together with best practice research and improved our New Employer Services model. We have introduced a new technology platform, simplified processes and created a dedicated structure to optimise our effectiveness and efficiency in securing new employment for your injured employees.

When an injured employee is unable to return to their pre-injury employment the stress on the organisation and workforce can be significant and upwards pressure may be applied to workers’ compensation premiums. For the injured individual, being able to work can be a crucial part of their recovery and rehabilitation.

To assist injured employees in returning to the workforce, as well as minimising the impact of unemployment, we’ve redesigned the service delivery to introduce an increased sense of urgency with respect to return to work outcomes. With Konekt’s New Employer Services you will see a more structured program driven by clearly defined goals, and increased contact with the injured employee.

Konekt’s New Employer Service operates over three phases:

  • Vocational assessments
  • Skills4Work training
  • Job seeking and employment placement

Once engaged, Konekt will conduct a detailed vocational assessment to ensure realistic new employment goals and options are set, barriers are identified, any training needs are identified, and a job seeking strategy can be developed for approval.

The Skills4Work training is designed to prepare the participants for job seeking. During this training program they will undertake a number of planned modules which will arm them with the necessary skills to be vocationally ready.

All individuals going through this program will undertake a mock interview, skills competency assessment and be provided with constructive feedback. Konekt will provide you with detailed documentation about the progress of your employee and the training outcomes.

During the job seeking assistance phase the participants work closely with a Konekt consultant who will guide them through the process. Participants are coached in job seeking strategies and job application preparation.

The Konekt Employment Engagement Officer, who is an experienced recruiter, will proactively seek employment opportunities for individuals enrolled in the job seeking assistance program. They do this by matching the skills and interests of the candidate with job vacancies in our newly developed Konekt Employer Database. They also proactively seek employment opportunities with targeted employers.

Konet’s New Employer Service model ensures that our goals are aligned. And this is reflected in every aspect of the service, right down to the price ypu pay.

Konekt also provides a Job Club facility where participants can look for a job, network with other program participants and share ideas. During these sessions the Konekt consultant will review the job seeking logs and work to keep the participant motivated.

You will be provided with a monthly progress report and any compliance breaches will be reported immediately.

To ensure a smooth transition to the new employer, fortnightly contact will be made with the employee and employer for a period of 13 weeks post-employment placement.

For more information about Konekt’s New Employer Service please contact your local Konekt office.

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