human resource or risk managers: Job information provided by
the WRQ may facilitate selection or placement of individuals with
functional limitations, support progress on diversity goals, and
help structure reasonable accommodations under ADA, including listing
jobs potentially appropriate for qualified persons with disabilities
or structuring job-related outplacement assistance if reasonable
accommodations are infeasible. WRQ information can be used as a
job-related structure for discussions between employer, disabled
workers, and medical, psychological and allied health providers
with regard to medical restrictions on specific job elements. Restrictions
stated in terms of specific job elements avoid the ambiguity of
restriction to "light duty."
Health insurers or workers' compensation, casualty loss, long-term
disability insurers: WRQ information may help individuals with
functional limitations return to productivity more quickly or surely
than is likely without job information.
Attorneys: Job information provided by the WRQ may assist
preparation for taking vocational testimony, may facilitate negotiation
over vocational issues, or support litigation if negotiation fails.
WRQ information may apply to the estimation of loss of income associated
with functional limitation, or prediction of educational, training
and experience requirements of new occupations.
Health service providers: WRQ information may help health
service providers to structure job-related functional capacity evaluations
(FCEs). It may help to decrease anxiety or depression over job loss
or job change or job stress by providing a structure for discussing
job problems and concerns. WRQ information may facilitate return
to productivity, whether in the same or a different job. The WRQ
is an evidence-based psychometric tool designed to support clinical
assessment of employability of individuals with functional limitations,
or assessment of work disability.
Individuals with functional limitations: WRQ information
may help these individuals to examine and pursue jobs that are likely
within their capabilities, tolerances, interests and ability to
perform or learn. The WRQ is designed for professional use and not
for lay individuals for personal use.