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Managing time off and preparing for return to work


What should I do for my employee during a period of sickness absence for mental health?

What should I do to support my employee’s return to work?

Ongoing support

    • Absence Management 2016 – annual survey report. CIPD and Simply Health. [accessed May 2017]
    • Manager Support for return to work following long-term sickness absence- guidance, Competency Framework for Managers to Support Return to Work. CIPD, Goldsmiths University of London, Loughborough University, Affinity Health at Work. [accessed May 2017]
    • Line Managers’ Resource: Managing and Supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace. Health and Safety Executive, October 2007. [accessed May 2017]
    • Managing and supporting mental health at work: disclosure tools for managers. Mind, CIPD. December 2011. [accessed May 2017]
    • Getting the most out of the fit note: guidance for employers and line managers. Department for Work and Pensions, updated December 2016.
  • Produced by Clare Foster, freelance health editor, and Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Content, Bupa UK, September 2017
    Next review due September 2020

    Bupa UK expert reviewers:

    • Naomi Humber, Psychology Services Manager, EAP
    • Stuart Haydock, Resilience Lead, Health Clinics
    • Sarah Deedat, Head of Behaviour Change
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