Thriving at Work After Sickness Absence

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM PT, 11:00 AM ET, 4:00 PM GMT


Professor Karina Nielsen from the University of Sheffield will present the results of a recent research project on which how workers with common mental health conditions have recently returned to work after long-term sickness absence can be supported to thrive at work. 39 returned workers and 20 line managers with experience of managing returned workers were interviewed multiple times. We identified resources at the individual, group, line manager and organisational level (policies and practices) which helped workers thrive at work after return.

You will learn:

  • The IGLOO framework for sustainable return to work for employees with common mental health conditions
  • Individual job crafting strategies for staying and thriving at work post-return
  • What types of support from friends, family, colleagues and line managers help returned workers
  • HR policies and practices that support returned workers.
  • Recommendations on program evaluation measures
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Take-home messages

  • We have a shared responsibility for supporting workers who have returned after prolonged sickness absence due to common mental health conditions
  • There is no one-size-fits all, an individualised approach is needed to support workers
  • Return takes time and ongoing dialogue is needed to manage adjustments over time

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Karina Nielsen, PhD

Chair of Work Psychology and Director of the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Karina Nielsen is Chair of Work Psychology and Director of the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her main area of expertise lies within organisational interventions focusing on how we can change work practices and procedures to main and improve employee health and wellbeing. She is also interested in how line managers can promote employee wellbeing and how we can develop sustainable workplaces that enable workers to perform well and thrive at work.

Partially Funded by:

British Columbia
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.
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