Sheraton in line for award
THE Sheraton Mirage has been announced as a state finalist in the Q-COMP Return to Work awards.
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements by industry professionals and businesses who have gone above and beyond in helping injured workers return to work.
Close to 500 nominations were received from across the state, with the Sheraton one of five finalists in the employer category for showing commitment to workplace rehabilitation and safety across the whole organisation.
The Sheraton earned the nomination for initiatives such as manual handling workshops for new employees, engaging an occupational therapist to conduct work assessments and providing a counselling service for employees for both work and personal issues.
Sheraton spokeswoman Melanie Lloyd said it’s extremely important to have staff return to work after injury or accident as it shortens the recovery time and keeps them actively involved in the hotel.
“We are fortunate to have quite a few areas for associates to work in who are on a light duties return to work program,” she said.
“These associates not only benefit from being active in the workplace, they often learn new skills.
“Being one of the largest employers in the region we are fortunate to have an occupational therapist working directly with us.
“She provides excellent advice and programs for all associates and works closely with Department Heads to provide advice on preventative measures for a safer working environment.”
The winners will be announced in Brisbane on October 26.