Guide for line managers: what can you do to help a team member returning to work?
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.
When people have been unwell, they often need help from others – but many of us feel as though we’re not sure what to say or do. This guide is designed for line managers to support employees who are returning to work after an absence related to mental health problems.
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 brief, accessible PDF is for line managers in particular (but is part of a suite including guides for, for , and for ). It has a quick introduction to common mental health issues and their signs, and an overview of how each part of the IGLOo can help someone returning to work. Then, there’s a checklist to help you make sure the right things are in place.
You can also see a quick introduction to the IGLOo framework, from one of the researchers behind it, in this video:
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