Returning to work
Returning to work after a period of stress or poor mental health can feel daunting. As a worker, we may worry about what others think, and when we are running a company, we may worry about business performance and delivery. Nobody wants to feel they’re letting down clients or colleagues.
The reform of the ‘sick note’ into today’s ‘fit note’ encourages a conversation between an absent worker, their GP and their employer to help the speed and success of their return to work. Everyone can contribute.
- Have a return to work policy
- Be guided by any in-house or contracted HR, occupational health and/or counselling expertise
- Provide disabled staff with reasonable adjustments, consider workplace adaptations for others
- Access to Work can assist you and your workforce in relation to mental health. They offer a free and confidential Mental Health Support Service to help people remain in, or return to, work.
- If you consult your doctor, tell your GP about your job to help plan your return to work
- Consider these helpful tips for returning to work and advice from the NHS
- Consider using a Wellness Action Plan. It may help if you speak with your line manager
Did you know?
- Access to Work provides grants to disabled people to help pay for support and stay in work
- Guidance is available on managing bereavement in the workplace
- The longer someone is off work the harder it is for them to return to any type of employment.