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Your Questions AnsweredPosted on by Angela Rhodes
Q: What are the benefits of referring an employee to occupational health?
A: 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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