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Managing sickness absence

Written by: Fit for Work team | Posted in: Blog

Returning to work after time off can sometimes be difficult. By managing absence effectively, and keeping in contact, your employees should understand what is expected from them and be more likely to return to work sooner.

Occupational health support

There will be certain circumstances where you may need the help of occupational health services before your employee is able to return to work. How can occupational health support a return to work.

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Understanding the fit note

Introduced in April 2010 the fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) is the form issued by Doctors to people when they are ill or injured. The fit note, which is usually required for absences of more than seven days, is a record of advice from your employee’s doctor. It is not legally binding for you or your employee.

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Developing a return to work plan

Returning to work after time off can be difficult, so once reasonable adjustments have been identified and you’ve all the advice that you need, you should begin to develop a Return to Work Plan.

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Keeping in contact with employees who are absent from work

If a member of your staff is off work, it’s important to keep in touch with them to help them stay motivated and return to work quicker. You can keep in contact with absent employees by telephone, and you should make it clear that they’re expected to keep in touch with updates on their absence.

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Recording and tracking work absence

Before you start reporting and recording sickness absence, you should have a clearly defined attendance management policy that has been developed in partnership with your employees and their representatives.

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