Many Happy Returns!

Research exploring the behaviours required from a line manager to facilitate the successful return-to-work of an employee following a period of long term sickness absence due to anxiety and depression, back pain, heart disease or cancer.

Who?
The research is being conducted by a team from Goldsmiths, University of London and is funded by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF) and supported by the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Healthy Working Lives, Loughborough University and Affinity Health at Work.

Why?
The four most prevalent conditions responsible for long term sickness absence are anxiety and depression, back pain, heart disease and cancer. The prolonged periods of inactivity and isolation, associated with long term absence, may have detrimental psychological and physical effects on the individualís health. Research suggests that a timely, well planned and executed return-to-work process can have significant positive benefits for a personís health and rehabilitation and may also prevent relapse into further periods of long term absence.
In practice though, well designed and managed return-to-work systems are likely to fall short where line managers are ill-equipped to manage the absent and returning employee. There is therefore a need to understand the role and competencies of line managers when returning employees to work.

Aims:
The current research aims to explore how various line manager behaviours either facilitate or act as a barrier to employee return-to-work following anxiety and depression, back pain, heart disease and cancer. It is hoped that this will lead to guidance for line managers, practitioners and employers to help them achieve effective return-to-work outcomes. A questionnaire tool will also be developed to identify areas where the line manager may need additional support and guidance.

Get involved:
If you are an employee who has recently returned from or about to return from a period of long term sickness absence due to anxiety and depression, back pain, heart disease or cancer, then it would be greatly appreciated if you could spend 30 minutes filling out a questionnaire. To access the questionnaire then simply click on the link below:

Employee questionnaire

If you are a manager who has recently managed or about to manage an employee returning to work following long term sickness absence (4 continuous weeks or more) due to anxiety and depression, back pain, heart disease or cancer, then it would be greatly appreciated if you could spend 30 minutes filling out a questionnaire. To access the questionnaire then simply click on the link below:

Manager questionnaire

Tell me more!
For further details on the project then please contact:
Ben Hicks on b.hicks@gold.ac.uk or 07881 915776

Research Team:
The research team consists of:
Dr Joanna Yarker of Goldsmiths, University of London
Emma Donaldson-Feilder of Affinity Health at Work
Dr Fehmidah Munir of Loughborough University
Ben Hicks of Goldsmiths, University of London