Why is it good practice to conduct return-to-work interviews every time an employee has had a day or two off work?

Return-to-work interviews have been shown to be one of the most effective interventions in facilitating reliable employee attendance. They demonstrate to employees that the employer notices their absences, thus discouraging casual absence, while at the same time giving line managers an opportunity to identify the possible underlying cause(s) of an employee's frequent non-attendance at an early stage. Where an employee knows that they will have to justify an absence to the line manager, this may discourage the employee from taking a day off work without good reason.