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Follow up personally any absence from work over 3 days. This can be in the form of a phone call:
How are you?
Is there anything we can do?
Do this even though the person may have "rung in"
Do not leave this to others unless there is a concrete reason to do so: the personal touch can be critical.
Do not go overboard especially if there was a poor relationship initially.
If it is a prolonged absence (over 2 weeks) maintain regular contact.
If appropriate arrange a personal visit perhaps with a co-worker. If appropriate arrange flowers, get well card, etc.
|Do not forget about the person. Do not start to believe that it is "for the best" that the person is away.|
After any prolonged absence (over 1 month) arrange a suitable return to work program.
If the absence involves sickness or injury, consider limited hours and duties. Even if it is a holiday, people take time to get back into the swing of things.
|Do not give a returning worker a month's backlog to catch up with in the next week, as well as their normal job.|
|If the person's absence is welcomed by you or other employees, then you have a major problem. Similarly, if you believe there is no good reason for the absence, do something about it.||Do not ignore difficult situations: they inevitably get worse. Do not be reluctant to start the formal disciplinary/warning system if justified|