Transitional work: Focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t

If you are injured at work, connecting you with meaningful work that you can do safely while recovering is where transitional work comes in.

Similar to when you are injured outside of work, often making small changes to your job can help you recover safely at work. This could mean you don’t have to miss work and minimizes the financial impact of being off work because of your injury.

What is transitional work?

Transitional work is the type of work you can safely perform while recovering. This might entail modified or alternative tasks, but it should be meaningful, productive, and within your present skills and capabilities.

Transitional work is temporary and keeps you active and at the center of safe and timely return-to-work progress. 

As you progress in your recovery, restrictions and limitations change. This will prompt changes in what you can do safely and changes to the types of transitional work you may be doing.

This booklet outlines what transitional work is, the benefits, and how to work with your employer and service provider to determine what work is possible.


Determining transitional work

You know your job best, and working with your employer and health care provider helps you better understand what you can do safely while recovering from your injury. Use what you know about your job, your workplace, and your current abilities, to come up with ideas about what you can do.

Take control and get all the benefits of transitional work, working for you by using these forms with your service provider. They also have these forms to support you.

Take Control of Your Return To Work

Getting Back to Your Goals

How can staying at work while I recover be a good thing?

Why are transitional duties often so important?


How can transitional duties help me stay at work?



It keeps you active and provides a sense of purpose.