Returning to work after illness | Returning to work after illness | Remploy

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There is a definite link between ill health and inactivity. Staying off work can make you feel worse.

It is generally better for your health to be in work than out of work.

Work improves your self confidence and your communication skills.

Short term illness

If you have a short term illness you will need to keep your employer informed of your situation. On the first day that you do not feel well enough to go into work, you must contact your manager as soon as possible.

Some employers ask that you contact them a certain amount of time before your working day is due to start. You also need to check how you inform them, is it by phone, email or even text.

When you phone, say that you feel ill and are not able to be in work that day. Tell them that you will try to come into work the next day. If you do not feel better the next day, call again.

Most employers will not expect you to bring in a doctors note when you return if you are only going to be off for a day or two.

If you are going to be off sick for more than three days it is normal to be asked for a doctor’s note, and have a return to work meeting with your manager.

Long term illness

If you have an illness that means you have to take time off work, you will need to speak to your manager or Human Resources department as soon as possible.

Check your employee handbook to understand your rights in your place of work.

Look at the government website to understand statutory sick pay (external site) regulations.

While you are away from work keep your employer informed of any hospital appointments or changes in your health. A regular email or telephone call may be alright, or you could arrange to meet if that is better for you and your employer.