Master Builder

Summer 2022

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Upcoming Events Getting Your GRIP on Claims, Comp & Safety July 7 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. August 4 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. September 8 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Visit to register for these and other upcoming GRIP webinars on topics like supervising for safety, asbestos, and fall awareness. T he U.S. Chamber of Commerce identifies eight ways to retain your employees, one of which is "Show Appreciation and Respect." The job market is tight, and it is more important than ever to retain valued employees and avoid the time and costs necessary to replace them. Long-term employees also have significant institutional knowledge including personal experiences and skills that can be transferred through mentorship and training. GRIP provides employers with strategies and resources to show they care. Find out more ways GRIP can help at Strategies to Keep Valued Employees BY KIM MURPHEY ERNWEST to an employee who is restricted due to a workplace injury, it shows workers they are valued. Return to Work (RTW) Show employees you care by providing light-duty work. Additionally, RTW: • helps employees realize that, even injured, they can positively contribute to the business. • maintains relationships your worker has with you and their co-workers. • results in better medical outcomes on claims. • provides an opportunity for you to regularly check in about how they are doing. • helps lessen stress the employee might have about whether they have a job to come back to. • entitles you to modified-duty wage reimbursement through L&I's Stay at Work (SAW) program. Receiving resources to help you keep your valued employees is just one of the many perks of participating in GRIP. Construction work ranks among the most dangerous job fields in Washington state, and each year thousands of workers suffer job-related injuries. These incidents do not just hurt workers and their families; they hurt businesses as well. No matter what size company you have, safety programs are one of the ways you can show your employees you care. Safety Program Show employees you care by keeping them safe. Some of the benefits of a safety program are: • protecting your employees. • improving employee recruiting and retention. • increasing employee morale. • reducing your workers' comp insurance premiums. • increasing your GRIP Retro refunds. If a workplace injury does occur, most employees want to return to work even when injured. When employers offer physically appropriate modified- or light-duty work It is more important than ever to retain valued employees and avoid the time and costs necessary to replace them. 18 master BUILDER | SUMMER 2022 MEMBERSHIP VALUE

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