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Managing Long-Term Sickness Absence
The role of the line manager is fundamental in managing long-term absence but other interventions are also important. These include:

* occupational health involvement
* restricting sick pay
* changes to work patterns or environment
* return-to-work interviews
* rehabilitation programme.

There are four main components in a managed long-term absence strategy:

* Keeping in regular contact with absent employees;
* Planning and making adjustments in working conditions where appropriate to assist early return. This may include changing hours or location of work temporarily;
* Using professional occupational health advice and treatment;
* Planning and co-ordinating return to work arrangements with scheduled reviews.

Managing an early transition back into the workplace is vital because the longer employees are away, the lower the chances are of them returning to work.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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