Editor's message: Short-term sickness absence can have a significant impact on the day-to-day running of the business. Part of an effective absence management process is conducting return-to-work interviews.
The effectiveness of return-to-work interviews depends on the competence of the interviewer. Such interviews may require skilful handling of difficult conversations with a vulnerable or emotional employee, and if conducted by line managers, detailed training should be in place.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
Practical guidance on managing and conducting return-to-work interviews following long-term or short-term sickness absence.
Line manager briefing on short-term sickness absence, including monitoring short-term sick leave, instigating formal action and the benefits of absence management.
A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on the law and practice relating to short-term sickness absence.
A model short-term sickness absence policy, which sets out guidelines for managers/supervisors and guidelines for employees on the employer's short-term sickness absence management procedure.
This case is a good example of what not to do when faced with an employee who does not comply with sickness notification procedures.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to managing short-term sickness.