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Managing Return to Work

Effectively supporting an employee's return to work following a period of disability is an important function of a management role. When an employee is returning to work after a long or short-term disability, they can feel nervous, vulnerable or full of self-doubt about their role at work, their ability to perform their role effectively and how their co-workers will respond.

In this series of videos below, John is faced with a decision. He will be given two options, depending on which one he chooses, his day will take a turn.

Watch the videos in sequence. Some of the videos have questions to answer after watching them. Where there are videos for two possibilities, watch both, and then answer the questions after watching the second one. Your answers to questions may trigger brief additional videos.

Managing Return to Work: Videos

1. Introduction0:48

Since Samantha has just returned to work from leave, John has to make a return-to-work plan for her.

2. Why we're here: Possibility 10:09

Should John explain it's about him being a better manager and her getting a bit more comfort?

3. Why we're here: Possibility 20:10

Or should he explain that it's not about present or past issues but about preventing future issues?

4. Participation: Possibility 10:05

Should John ask Samantha to explain what reducing stressors means to her?

5. Participation: Possibility 20:07

Or should he give her the option to extend her leave?

6. Stressors: Possibility 10:12

Should John suggest adjusting Samantha's job so it can work better for her?

7. Stressors: Possibility 20:06

Or should he ask how often the stressors occur and how she's coping?

8. A "win-win": Possibility 10:06

Should John talk about taking Carol's reaction into account?

9. A "win-win": Possibility 20:18

Or should John suggest finding some trade-offs between Samantha and Carol?

10. Working it out0:12

See how John's conversation with Samantha ends up. What should he have done differently?

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1. Introduction

Since Samantha has just returned to work from leave, John has to make a return-to-work plan for her.

2. Why we're here: Possibility 1

Should John explain it's about him being a better manager and her getting a bit more comfort?

3. Why we're here: Possibility 2

Or should he explain that it's not about present or past issues but about preventing future issues?

4. Participation: Possibility 1

Should John ask Samantha to explain what reducing stressors means to her?

5. Participation: Possibility 2

Or should he give her the option to extend her leave?

6. Stressors: Possibility 1

Should John suggest adjusting Samantha's job so it can work better for her?

7. Stressors: Possibility 2

Or should he ask how often the stressors occur and how she's coping?

8. A "win-win": Possibility 1

Should John talk about taking Carol's reaction into account?

9. A "win-win": Possibility 2

Or should John suggest finding some trade-offs between Samantha and Carol?

10. Working it out

See how John's conversation with Samantha ends up. What should he have done differently?