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Q: What are the benefits of carrying out return to work interviews following a period of sickness absence? A: There is plenty of evidence to show that carrying out return to work interviews following every period of sickness absence, no matter whether it’s just one day or several weeks, is one of the most effective ways to minimise employee absence. Return to work interviews demonstrate that the Company has noticed the absence and so discourage employees from taking the odd day off here and there. They also give Managers the opportunity to identify potential underlying causes if an employee is frequently taken time off. One of our clients reduced employee sickness absence by 51% following the introduction of return to work interviews.

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