Sher­a­ton in line for award

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWSWS -

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.

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