<p>The COVID pandemic in 2020 led to stay-at-home orders and social distancing concerns world-wide. This caused many companies to shift towards working remotely in order to keep their business running. While most people attribute its rise in popularity solely to the pandemic, remote work has actually been steadily rising in popularity since the 80s.</p> <p>Most people use the terms remote work, telecommuting, and work from home interchangeably. While they're all pretty similar, they actually refer to three distinct work situations:</p>


Occupational health is an ever-evolving field. Last year in particular saw a dramatic shift in how healthcare services are provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupational health has also needed to adapt to the times, and 2020 has guided several healthcare trends that continue into this year. Looking ahead to the rest of 2021, here are some modern trends we have identified that are shaping the occupational health domain:


Occupational medicine (also called occupational health) is a multidisciplinary field of health care dedicated to the safety and well-being of employees in the workplace. The main focus of occupational medicine is treating work-related injuries and illnesses. It also places a strong emphasis on preventing injuries and illnesses in the first place by creating safer workplaces.


For many workers who have had a workplace injury, their first question is: "How long am I going to miss work?" In a perfect world, everything would get put aside to make sure that they can recover from their injuries fully. However, bills, kids, and other living expenses combined with missed wages mean that most workers want to return to work as soon as possible. Returning to work after a workplace injury needs to be handled carefully: making sure that you've recovered fully needs to be the top priority while also preventing re-injury.


If you have suffered an injury, undergone certain types of surgery, or experience physical limitations due to aging or underlying health conditions, physical rehabilitation may be necessary to restore the body to optimal form and function. Without an effective treatment plan, the rehab process can take a lot longer than need be while also running the risk of less-than-optimal recovery.

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