Returning to work after time off can be difficult. It helps if this process is planned by all of those involved, including the employer, employee, employee representatives, and others. A plan should be developed and agreed with all parties involved, that takes into account the individual’s needs and capabilities.
A full return to work is possible in many cases and that could even be beneficial before all the effects of the illness or injury have disappeared. Working on different tasks or shorter hours can often help the recovery process. However, it is important that an employee does not feel rushed back to work and that they are confident that their condition has been adequately considered and treated.