Managers play a vital role in helping employees to return to work after acute COVID-19 or long COVID. This guide sets out the steps that managers should take to give their workers the best chance of getting back to work and staying in work. It covers making contact with the employee, arranging a phased return and discussing adjustments to the worker’s duties and schedules to enable them to cope. The guide also outlines the support that is available for managers from occupational health services and human resources. Workers will require different levels of support depending on their role and any ongoing symptoms, so listening to their needs and checking in regularly are key.


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Macdonald, E., Lalloo, D., Raynor, C., Yarker, J. & SOM Long Covid Group (Society of Occupational Medicine) 2021, COVID -19 infection and long COVID – guide for managers, European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EUOSHA). Available at: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/covid-19-infection-and-long-covid-guide-managers

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