Depending on the extent or severity of the injury you have, or if whether you were injured from work or not, being injured is all about getting limited to your usual capacity to perform your daily activities, specifically, your job. It also could be an umbrella term for both physical harms you’ve come across and/or emotional instability such as depression and anxiety that resulted in a diminished ability. It would be fortunate if all goes smooth as far as benefits or income are concerned. But as time goes by, it could be impacted even more. More often than not, it is also subject to certain terms and conditions. Simply put, you can never think that you will be entitled to full compensation on a long haul without working.
So, how could you stay needed by your company despite your inability to perform the job you were originally hired for?
Knowing how long you’ll be on sick leave, as per doctor’s advice, could help you out in proving you’re still worth keeping. A time frame is a good tool to use in planning your next move while you are dealing with your injury. At the same time, coordinate with your manager or leader if you could do lighter duties, once you get the doctor’s clearance. This will give you a sense of endearment from the management.
However, it is very smart and highly recommended to know your options. This list only applies to cases that only cover being unfit in doing physical work like construction, performing onstage, sports or anything alike. Since these are primary jobs, let’s say that they demand a certain strength capacity, being injured takes away the ability to complete these jobs to their fullest extent.
As long as you have come into an agreement with your employer as to how you may transition to a lighter duty or if you have to seek employment elsewhere, these jobs could compensate for your primary job. It could also serve as a secondary job, worse comes to worst —like getting laid off. Always be prepared for anything to happen. Seek out vocational training and develop the employability skills you already have in-case you face a career threatening injury.
Let’s look at some jobs you can work if you have an injury:
1. Clerk or Administrative Service
Answering the company phone, taking messages, noting appointments, organising meetings and reminding the higher-ups of their schedule for the day —- basically, minding the desk is what it is. As long as your boss is not like the Devil that wears Prada, you will do good.
There are instances that this task is part of a secretary’s job. However, a firm or company may need a person whose one only job should be a scheduler. It can get hectic when you mind more than a 100 employees’ schedule, you will need to be very organised and to stay on top of things.
The person behind accounting practices. It covers responsibilities in handling accounts of an organization, also known as the general ledger, where day- to-day operations of the finance department are recorded. This includes recording all transactions — both costs and income. The bookkeepers issue the financial statements and other formal reports for the managers and the supervisors. It doesn’t usually need a degree to perform this job. But having relevant experience in accounting may be a plus. You can also consider falling into this job later on when your body gets a little older and when it needs rest from daily physical duties.
In every company, there is an auditor or an inventory associate. What they do is keep an inventory making sure that needed supplies are on route, placed on shelves and are well-stocked. They may also be called material recording clerks for they hold records for materials. They also report creators and they supply trackers. Although an auditor might sound like any other retail worker who specialises in filling those product displays or putting together those tricky metal display stands, they aren’t. These jobs and tasks are much more physical, as are a lot of jobs in retail, so it is important to note the distinct differences.
5. Social Media Manager
Establishing an actual online presence for business had been essential to any business since the internet had been the way of life. Researching about what’s trending and applying it to a company is one task a physically injured person may do that could contribute greatly to a company. A website is almost needed by every business nowadays because of the fast-paced existence of social media marketing. Posting content online is certainly how a brand soars high and gets known. Although this may require a techie, it certainly can be done in the office, at home anywhere as long as you have a mobile phone.
While it gets frustrating to find the light in situations brought about by an injury, it still is important to know that you are still capable of many things. It could be a way for you to learn many things too in addition to your existing skills. Just keep a strong will and don’t stop learning. An injury is nothing but a challenge.