Hallmark and American Greetings Cards Are Great Risk Management
The Hallmark and American Greetings cards help control Work Comp Costs. One of our blog readers reminded me that I did not post an article on how greeting card companies can be great for reducing Workers Comp claims costs. I usually cover this topic when I am speaking or writing about the fourth of my Six Keys to Reducing Your Workers Comp costs. The Fourth Key is Employee Treatment by The Employer.
Hallmark and American Greetings are very inexpensive ways to keep in contact with injured employees. This is especially true when an employee is first injured. Sending a card or e-card is a great idea as the injured employee is watching a large number of attorney ads on TV. Quite often, the injured employees will receive letters from attorneys not long after their injury. I have heard of some companies sending flowers if the employee was severely injured.
The Workers Compensation insurance carrier will usually send a letter of explanation of benefits to the employee. This is a good business practice. The letter is not a substitute for a card or an e-card. Phone calls are also good if they do not disturb the employee.
Hallmark and American Greetings have free e-cards. The best ones are the e-cards that are provided if your company joins for $13/year. Almost everyone has an email address. If the injured employee does not, it may be a good idea to keep a few cards on hand to mail out in case of an accident.
This suggestion may seem to be a minor one. However, I have seen the savings for many companies that started sending greeting cards to their employees. Good communication between the injured employee and employer usually leads to a quicker return to work, which saves Workers Comp $. As I have said and posted very often, the injured employee is still your employee.
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