Managers play a vital role in determining the health, wellbeing and engagement of their team. They also play an essential part in particular people management issues that arise in their team, such as bereavement, conflict, sickness absence and mental health problems, which can have a negative impact on employee health, wellbeing and engagement if not well managed.


 This guide, produced in partnership with Bupa, is designed to support you, as a line manager, to manage instances of long-term absence in your team.

Bupa viewpoint

Managing sickness absence is an inevitable part of a manager’s role

Why do I need to address long-term sickness absence?

How do I support a returning employee?

How do I navigate the key steps on the return-to-work journey?

Where can I find more information?

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