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Managing Absence due to work related stress

If an employee reports the reason for absence as work related stress it is important a Formal Absence Review meeting is convened as a priority. the stressors are as a result of relationship difficulties in the workplace Mediation should be explored as an option. If it is identified that the stress-related illness is caused by work, for example, as a result of alleged bullying and harassment or, trauma or, workload, you should complete a Datix record. A Formal Absence Review meeting should be convened to explore the reasons for the stressors further.  A trigger does not have to be reached to schedule a meeting. This will enable the manager to explore further the reasons, identify supports and agree a way forward.

The Formal Absence Review meeting will also provide the opportunity for discussion with regard to potential options for addressing or resolving the stressors and whether a management referral to the Occupational Health department would be beneficial. In the OHS referral it is important manager’s note any interventions that have been attempted to date. Managers should also refer to the Board policy on Stress in the Workplace for guidance.

An HR representative will also be in attendance at the Formal Absence Review meeting regarding work related stress.