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What recommendations and changes would you implement to support the following clients back to work?

Meet Lamnu

Lamnu is 29 years of age. She has permanent physical restrictions to her back and neck following a motor vehicle accident. Lamnu has trouble sitting or standing in the same position for longer than 30 minutes at a time. She has excellent organisation skills and extensive work history in customer relations. She has been interviewed for a new position in administration and will probably need to complete at least three hours of word processing/data entry a day.

Imagine you are the manager and can control the outcomes. Do you hire Lamnu or decide on another applicant? Lamnu is by far the best candidate.

Meet Raphael

Raphael is a 24-year-old petrol service station worker. He works night shift and was involved in an aggravated hold-up some months ago at work. He was in the shop by himself at the time of the attack and now experiences feelings of panic whenever he is by himself at night. He can’t easily tell if someone has entered the store, so he finds himself compulsively looking at the door.

Raphael has suffered extensive injuries to his right (dominant) arm while trying to wield off the attackers. This means he is experiencing difficulties undertaking the manual tasks around the service station. It’s particularly a problem when he has to reach up, above his head. The pain in his arm seems to be worse at night and is particularly sore after working longer shifts.

His manager was worried about him and gave him a couple of weeks off to recover, but Raphael has not been able to face going back to work. It’s now been six weeks since he was at work and he is showing no signs of improvement.

Your task

Select the comments link below and post your recommendations for at least one of these case studies. Be sure to think about small changes that could make a big difference in their prospective workplaces and help them return to work.

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