5-DAY WORK EVALUATION
The 5-Day Work Evaluation provides identification of achievement grade levels, vocational interests, cognitive/general learning ability, including work sampling to assist determining aptitudes, transferable skills, work skills, work behaviors, worker traits, learning style, best training mode, physical tolerances, as well as stamina and endurance for a selected occupational goal. This 5-Day Work Evaluation includes all services of the shorter vocational assessments, but is most beneficial for those clients experiencing physical or mental difficulties.
This participation graph above is included in work evaluation reports to document the client's participation time in the simulated work environment.
10 DAY COMPLETE WORK EVALUATION
This work evaluation assesses whether an individual with physical challenges has demonstrated the necessary physical tolerances, stamina and endurance to return to full-time competitive employment. Additionally, included in the evaluation report is documentation of work readiness, worker traits, work behaviors, cognitive capacities, general learning ability, achievement grade level, transferable skills, learning style, aptitudes and vocational interests. The best learning and/or training mode for the client (direct placement, on-the-job training versus formalized classroom training) will also be addressed.
The above graph depicts the maximum dependable physical tolerances demonstrated by the client during the course of the complete 10-day work evaluation.
This 10-Day Work Evaluation typically includes vocational exploration. The goal is to identify the possible vocational alternatives or occupational directions that are conducive to the skill and aptitude testing results, and within the client's demonstrated physical tolerance levels. Included is information regarding occupational interests, how well the client would be expected to perform in each of these occupations, and physically if the client can sustain the job over a period of time. Additionally, a number of alternate job recommendations within the demonstrated levels will be included.
The above graph is included in all work evaluations and FCE reports to provide a visualization of the client's self-reported pain levels during the course of the evaluation. It provides insight as to the pattern of stamina and endurance, as well as assistance in correlating specific work tasks to self-reported pain levels. A similar graph depicting concentration levels is also included.
The client is requested to present self-assessment of physical discomfort ratings at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. daily using the following five point scale:
1. I have no pain, and no problems working now.
2. I have noticeable discomfort, yet not limiting my ability to work.
3. I have moderate discomfort, and I feel that it is slowing me down.
4. My discomfort is high enough that I feel I must take a break.
5. My discomfort is high enough that I feel taking a break will not help. I can no longer work.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Question: What is a Work Evaluation?
Answer: Work Evaluation is a diagnostic tool that, when properly utilized, can assess an individual's:
a. Physical functionality (tolerances, stamina, and endurance)
b. Current level of skills and aptitudes
c. Vocational interests
d. Worker traits and vocational personality
Question: When is a Work Evaluation needed?
Answer: If after the initial interview between the counselor and the consumer, any of the following questions remain unanswered, it is advisable to schedule a work evaluation:
a. Can the consumer work in the competitive labor market?
b. What physical activities can the consumer perform?
c. What skills, aptitudes, cognitive processing abilities, or interests does the consumer have?
d. What transferable skills does the consumer have?
e. How does the consumer's usable skills relate to the current job market?
Question: What is the potential outcome of a Work Evaluation?
Answer: In general, most evaluations determine whether the consumer's physical functioning is or is not reflective of the capability of returning to work at the present time.
a. The consumer's ability to benefit from competitive employment versus supported employment will be documented.
b. Specific vocational alternatives can be addressed in terms of aptitudinal potentiality as well as physical abilities.
c. The consumer's ability to profit from on-the-job training, direct placement, or formalized classroom training will
.......... be addressed.
d. In cases where the consumer did not demonstrate the ability to sustain participation in the simulated work
..........day, documentation is provided for suspension or termination.
f. Worker traits which would affect employability (such as grooming, hygiene, motivation, work values, work attitude,
......... work pace, and work attitude) are addressed in the report.
g. Identification of reasonable accommodations that would assist the consumer sustain employment.
Question: What evaluation is most appropriate for this individual?
Answer: Do not hesitate to call your local Vocational Evaluator to consult with them.
When an individual has nominal physical challenges they are able to generally remain productive throughout the day, yet need an identification of skill and aptitude levels, our 5-Day Work Evaluation will typically be sufficient.
When an individual has sustained a significant injury, and physical tolerances or stamina is in question, it is important to establish the client's feasibility to participate in full-time employment. In this case, our 10-Day Complete Work Evaluation is the more appropriate referral.
Question: What if I have questions about the report or services I receive?
Answer: It is always a good practice to telephone the Evaluator with any questions you have. Attending an exit conference is always helpful. However, you can typically send clients back for an additional evaluation or further clarifying testing, generally at no charge.
Question: Can you conduct evaluations for clients that have difficulty speaking English?
Answer: Our centers have staff that is bilingual in Spanish. Additionally, the use of hands-on work samples at all of our centers allows us to provide testing with individuals that cannot speak English. We also have many test instruments in Spanish. Armenian and Vietnamese-speaking staff are also available at some of our centers.
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