When an employee is contemplating a return to work after a mental health leave, there can be a lot of anxiety and fear, particularly if they were away for an extended period of time. They may be asking themselves if they will be able to meet the work demands or expectations, will there be support, how will co-workers react, and they may be worried about a host of other unknowns.
The manager has a key role to play in making a return to work successful. It starts long before the employee’s first day back at work. This page walks you through some helpful tips to support someone through this process.
You can safely support employees returning to work after a leave, or even those struggling but still at work, by engaging them in the solutions related to performance and well-being. There is no one-size-fits-all but there are many common accommodation strategies that you can consider.
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