Top 10 tips

Top 10 tips for supervisors

  1. Maintain an appropriate level of regular contact with the employee and discuss return to work as soon as possible.
  2. If appropriate, appoint a coordinator to facilitate the employee's return to work
  3. Avoid getting caught up in the issue of whether an illness is 'real' or not.
  4. Don't take things personally, no matter how hard the situation gets.
  5. Consider the approach to managing return to work that you would take if an employee had a physical illness, as many of the principles will be the same for a mental health problem.