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Q: What are the benefits of referring an employee to occupational health?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) state: “Research shows that the longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work. After six months’ absence from work, there is only a 50% chance of someone making a successful return.”

We have advised a number of clients where the use of occupational health services have been a very effective means of helping people with health problems to return to work. Occupational health professionals are concerned with the physical and mental well-being of employees in the workplace. They can advise employers on work-related illness and accidents, carry out medicals or existing employees and monitor the health of employees not just in cases of long-term absence but frequent short-term spells of absence as well.

The opinion of an occupational health specialist can be crucial in deciding how to manage a capability issues and can provide key evidence in an employment tribunal. On a day to day basis, the advice provided can also be used in supporting an individual and making reasonable adjustments.

So, the benefits are:
  • Reduction in the levels of sickness absence
  • Reduction in the costs of sickness absence to the Company
  • Reduction in the disruption caused as a result of employee absence and the knock-on effect the absence has on colleagues
  • Facilitation of an earlier return to work
  • Improved employee engagement and motivation as employees feel more valued
  • Specific advice on reasonable adjustments that could be made to support an individual employee

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