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Coping with Unplanned Absences: A Pocket Guide by Sarah Cook

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CHAPTER 5: RETURNING TO WORK

This chapter outlines practical tips for getting staff back to work, so that you return as quickly as possible to business as usual.

The return to work interview

It is essential that following a period of unplanned absence, you hold a return to work interview. Make sure that you set the right tone for the interview. You do not want resentment to build up on either side so be careful about the language you use. By being positive and emphasising the value of the employee to the organisation you build confidence and commitment.

The focus should be on getting the individual integrated into the workplace as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring their ongoing well-being.

It could be that following a period of absence, you ...

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