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Supporting an employee to return to work

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

When your employee is ready to return to work, you should make their return as smooth and stress-free as possible by conducting a return to work interview, making necessary workplace adjustments and ensuring that you are following any standards or legislation.

Help and support for employers (return to work)

Workplace adjustments can help ill, injured or disabled employees return to work. However, there may be some circumstances where you need to seek additional advice or support.

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Understanding the law

When your employee is ready to return to work after a period of sickness absence, it’s important to consider whether there are any specific standards or legislation that you need to comply with.

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The return to work interview

When your employee has returned to work following a sickness absence, you may want to conduct a return to work interview. These interviews are generally carried out by a line manager as soon as possible after the employee’s return from sick leave, ideally on their first day back at work.

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Making reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Before your employee returns to work after sickness absence, it may be necessary to make adjustments to their workplace to ensure they can carry out their job safely and effectively. This may be recommended by your employee’s GP, who can indicate in their fit note that they ‘may’ be fit for work if you make workplace adjustments.

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