Referral to Occupational Health: Guidance notes

The University of Exeter is committed to providing, as far as it is reasonably practicable, a healthy and safe working environment for its staff and students.

Managing sickness absence is an important element of demonstrating a supportive attitude towards individuals and the overall efficiency of the University. Sickness absence management requires sensitivity and the support of line managers and the Human Resources team. Successful returns to work depend on the constructive co-operation of all parties involved, even though not all illnesses and injuries are caused by work (or by work alone). One key element to managing sickness absence is encouraging staff to attend work. Problems relating to sickness absence can be frustrating and are often difficult to deal with. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of all staff to take ownership of their health and welfare and managers need to be sympathetic and supportive to staff who become ill.

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