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
In this week's podcast, we discuss some key areas of short-term sickness absence in the workplace.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to managing short-term sickness.