Returning to work when you’ve been absent for a while can bring mixed feelings. There’s a lot to think about, and you can’t do it all by yourself – we all need help from others. This guide is designed to help you during your first few months back at work after a period of absence for mental health reasons, looking at what you and others can do to make it easier.
It’s based on the IGLOo framework, developed by the University of Sheffield and Affinity Health at Work, which recognises that we all need other people and ourselves to help us stay healthy and happy:
Individual resources: things like confidence and self-care;
Group resources: help from colleagues, friends and family;
Leader resources: help from your line manager, GP or service providers; and
Organisational resources: help provided by your organisation, volunteer groups or charities.
This guide is designed to help you to support a colleague who is returning to work after a mental health-related absence. It's based on the IGLOo model, looking at the Individual, Group, Leader and Organisation's parts to play.
This guide is designed for line managers to support team members returning to work after a mental health-related absence. It's based on the IGLOo model, looking at the Individual, Group, Leader and Organisation's parts to play.
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