Return to Work Interviews
Carrying out return to work interviews is one of the most effective measures employers can take to reduce absenteeism from the company. The purpose of conducting a return to work interview is for the employee to feel that their absence has been noticed. When conducting the interview, you should ensure that it is carried out in a separate room away from other employees, in private. Begin by welcoming the employee, handle the meeting sensitively, confirm the reason of their absence, update them on what occurred during their absence, give the employee an opportunity to discuss and end the meeting positively. Some companies have return to work forms that they get the employee to fill out after being absent from the workplace and this is then stored in their personnel file for future reference.
Members who may have further questions on this can contact a member of the SFA on Tel: 01 605 1668/1664 or e-mail: email@example.com.
A copy of the SFA Guideline on Managing Absenteeism can be downloaded by clicking here.