CIPD’s Absence Management Survey 2016 showed that an increase in reported mental health problems is strongly associated with an increase in stress-related absence. Both are related to a culture of working long hours (‘presenteeism’), and are less common where there is a stronger focus on employee wellbeing.
There will be times when employees need time off because of their mental health. As a line manager you will have an important role to play in ensuring that an employee’s absence and return to work goes smoothly.
Your organisation should have an absence management policy. It’s important to make sure it’s appropriate for employees who are off work because of their mental health.