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Manager support for return to work following long-term sickness absence


Line managers have a responsibility to provide appropriate support to employees and remove some of the challenges they may face when returning to work. CIPD, the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, the Health and Safety Executive and Healthy Working Lives shows the results of research into the behaviours line managers can use to help this process.

As well as an explanation of the issues, it includes a competency framework, a list of quick key messages for line managers and a list of further resources.

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Well-structured, evidence-based approach on how to support employees returning to work—really useful.

Cecilia Da Forno

Fast Stream Cohort Leader,
Civil Service

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Healthy Working Lives is a free and confidential NHS service in Scotland.

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