An employee develops work related stress when they are unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness. It is also known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover, reduced productivity and errors. Where employees experience work related stress it can lead to anxiety and depression. When an employee is absent from work skilled assistance may be required to help them back to work.

Occupational Therapists can assist employees with managing work related stress. This can include a return to work and sustaining their employment. The Occupational Therapist is able to assess the practical consequences of illness and effectively work with the employer and employee to achieve a sustainable return to work. Rehab Jigsaw has received referrals from employers who wish to assist their employees with their successful return to work.

To achieve this, the Occupational Therapist from Rehab Jigsaw has completed an initial assessment. From this they have formulated a clear agreed plan to assist the employees return to work. The Occupational Therapist has negotiated a sustainable return to work plan with adjustments to working pattens, as required, with the employer. They have also provided advice to the employee on coping strategies and techniques to reduce stress at work.  Following this, the Occupational Therapist has been able to oversee the return to work plan to monitor the successful return of the employee to work. If you think we can help please do contact Rehab Jigsaw and we would be happy to discuss this with you.