Dealing with absence – top tips

To get the most out of referring an employee the occupational health team for an assessment, follow the nine top tips below:

  • 3 C’s – communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Refer your employee for an assessment as early as possible if it’s a medical issue
  • Meet with your employee to discuss the report together
  • Avoid an OH assessment if the reason for absence is not medically related
  • Meet with your employee informally face-to-face as soon as possible 
  • Meet with your employee face-to-face regularly thereafter
  • Encourage your employee to think about what success looks like
  • Any return to work should involve local support and regular reviews
  • Consider any long term risks and vulnerabilities