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A Collaborative Return-To-Work Effort Loren M.

Zinder, MS, CPDM Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor IAM/Boeing Joint Programs Vocational Solutions Leonard (Lenny) O’Hearn, Jr., employed 10-years with the Boeing Company as an Integral Fuel Cell Sealer was returning to work following a Medical Leave of Absence from a nonoccupational health condition and procedure. Lenny was released with temporary med recs from his attending physician and Boeing Medical Clinic limiting him to light duty work. Through Boeing’s Disability Management Program, Lenny was placed in the Renton Alternative Work Office (AWO), and assigned by AWO Coordinator, Randy Taylor to the Shim Shop, delivering shims in the 4-20 and 4-21 buildings. The Alternative Work Office allows Boeing employees temporarily unable to perform their base job essential job functions the opportunity of returning to work at full salary and benefits for a cumulative 180-calender days within a finite 18-month period, performing selected temporary light duty assignments needed by various production organizations throughout the Renton site, while providing time to convalesce and receive scheduled medical treatment. The AWO Coordinator monitors employee’s daily attendance and assigns medically approved specific light duty tasks either at the AWO, or through a temporary loan to other production organizations. This is part of Boeing’s transitional Return to Work program; managed by Environment Health & Safety (E, H & S) Single Point of Contacts (SPOCS) assigned to specific production organizations, and facilitated by IAM/Boeing Joint Programs Vocational Solutions on-site Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Quality Through Training Programs (QTTP) Career Advisors. Lenny’s assigned SPOC, Cyndie Young requested I meet with him in April for a 90-day Interactive Discussion to review his medical status and advise him of return to work options available. Having concern regarding the impact Lenny’s temporary med recs may have on returning to his base job and future employment possibilities, I suggested he meet with a QTTP Career Advisor to assess the transferability of his work history and education and determine specific Boeing-sponsored classes he may need to complete to satisfy Green Light requirements and qualify for an Employee Request for Transfer (ERT). I referred Lenny to QTTP Career Advisors Laura Bell and Meitek Kulick and suggested initial jobs of his interest. Lenny was provided a training plan which identified both self-paced and classroom courses he needed to complete, and he was instructed on the use of the IAM/Boeing Joint Programs Career Explorer Guides to review general job descriptions and training requirements. Although some of the more popular core courses were filled at the Renton site, Lenny took the personal initiative to attend QTTP training classes throughout Puget Sound to be added to certain courses before class started. By attending classes after work hours and on weekends, in less than 60-days Lenny had passed his core course competencies, and had several ERT’s on-file with various organizations.

Having received medical clearance. This is proof that “together we can may a difference” for employees taking advantage of available programs and services supported by Boeing Management through IAM/Boeing Joint Programs to identify safe and productive employment opportunities. within minutes from Lenny’s Everett home. I monitored Lenny’s progress with Boeing Medical Clinic’s Disability Nurse Case Manager. Young Kim. which was a lateral Category C job transfer. Lenny received a new job offer with the Manufacturing Support Skill Team in Everett as a Materials Process/ Requisition Facilitator B (MPRF). . who maintained contact with his attending physician to ensure his temporary med recs would not jeopardize a return to suitable work.A Collaborative Return-To-Work Effort Page 2 While Lenny was attending QTTP classes. By June 18th. and as of June 29th started his new position at Boeing’s Everett site. RN. Lenny accepted the job offer.