Line managers should maintain reasonable contact with staff during the course of their absence. It may be appropriate for a line manager to arrange a home visit to discuss how we can help an individual get better; this is often with HR present to offer additional assistance.
It is important that line managers contact the HR Business Partner as soon as possible where they become aware of sickness absences due to stress.
The employee may need to attend an appointment with occupational health. Occupational Health may ask the employee for permission to obtain a report from their doctor. A report will then be provided to HR with the objective of providing both HR and the line manager with sufficient medical information to enable a decision to be made as to how to proceed (what amounts to sufficient medical information will depend on the circumstances of each case).
The University may conduct a stress risk assessment to help identify what the stressors are where these relate to work.
The University can then work with you where practicable to minimise these effects and make any reasonable adjustments.