Why the return of employees to the workplace is at the centre of economic recovery


With the end of lockdown three in sight and the UK’s roadmap to ending the coronavirus pandemic continuing in the right direction, it’s looking promising that employees can return to the workplace. Also, with the government’s rapid response in vaccinating the top priority groups in the UK, there is most definitely light at the end of the tunnel. 

At UKIM, we believe that the gradual return of employees into the workplace is most definitely at the centre of the UK’s economic recovery.

One of the consequences of the pandemic is that employees all work very differently. With many people working from home, we’ve observed how this has impacted many employees' mental health, with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

The health and wellbeing of employees is crucial

What with Zoom call after Zoom call, screen time has gone through the roof. Also, whilst working from home brings many distractions such as childcare, having to care for an elderly relative or lack of workspace, many employees find themselves easily distracted.  On the flip side, we’ve seen an increase in burnout from employees, with many finding it difficult to step away from their desk (or kitchen table), working more than 60 hours per week in some cases. 

It’s challenging to run a successful and productive business with unproductive, burnt out, ill-health, restless, and ‘zoomed out’ staff. So, now more than ever, businesses need to recognise the need to maximise their employees’ work capacity whilst building strength and resilience within the workforce. But how can this be achieved? 

Helping you build the resilience of your workforce

Well, at UKIM, we take a holistic approach to absence management.  Our absence management service focuses on keeping people at work and returning people to work in a safe and supported environment.

We can support your HR management function to manage your employee’s mental health and fitness for work with our range of services. With over 20 years of experience in delivering mental health training and Occupational Psychology & Counselling, we can fully support your HR management teams; this training is delivered by our leading team of academics and expert clinicians-trainers. With our early identification methods, preventative solutions and diverse range of rehabilitative treatment options, we’ll ensure your employees stay well and develop future resilience.

What are the benefits of a proactive health management programme? 

  • Helps attract & retain talent
  • Reduces absenteeism 
  • Minimises claims
  • Increases employee engagement, productivity & performance 
  • Reduction in employee presenteeism 
  • Reduction in mental ill-health

We can deliver our services in several ways, be it face-to-face or off-site or remotely. Each case we manage fully supports the employee back to work through our tried and tested multi-disciplinary interventions and access to specialist rehabilitation. 

At UKIM, we strive to develop solid and coherent relationships with employers to maintain and improve their occupational health and employee wellbeing. 

Get in touch with our team to discuss your needs and how we can support your employees back to work.