Navigating Return To Work Planning For Absent Employees

Navigating Return To Work Planning For Absent Employees

National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) is running a morning seminar in conjunction with Connect4Work on Navigating Return To Work Planning For Absent Employees


Seminar Series

Are absenteeism challenges affecting your organisation’s productivity and bottom line? It is not always straightforward for an employee to return to work after an absence. Barriers often present themselves and when people are unsure how to work around them both employers and employees lose out.

This seminar will look at the impact of employee absence due to injury, illness, or other reasons and at the supports available.

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Athlone, Limerick and Dublin/Hybrid

09.30hrs to 12.00hrs.

Seminar Fee: €125 NISO members / €150 non members

Seminar Outline

Navigating Return To Work Planning For Absent Employees is a morning seminar running from 09.30hrs to 12.00hrs, organised by National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) in conjunction with Connect4Work.

This seminar will explore the challenges faced by employers and employees alike when there is a risk of absence to Stay-At or Return-To work after an absence.
With a focus on proactive planning and risk management, participants will explore strategies to ensure that returning employees can safely reintegrate into the workplace effectively while minimising the risk of injury or reoccurrence of absence.

Topics for exploration will cover:
1. Why return to work planning is important for employee safety
2. What happens when it is not done properly
3. The impact on health and safety on colleagues when an absence occurs
4. Disclosure and Reasonable Accommodations
5. Retention of staff – how to achieve it and support employees to Stay-At work
6. Case Studies for break out discussion groups
7. Safety considerations

Dates and Venues:
Athlone: 7 November 2024; Radisson Blu Hotel, Northgate Street, Athlone, Co Westmeath
Limerick: 14 November 2024; Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick
Dublin: 21 November 2024; NISO Training Centre, A11 Calmount Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12, D12 EH21

Seminar Programme

09.15     Registration
09.30    Seminar Introduction by Warren Azong, NISO
09.45    Presentation by Mary Finn, Founder, Connect4Work
11.45      Close of Seminar by Warren Azong, NISO

Mary Finn, Founder, Connect4Work
Work has been a constant throughout Mary’s adult life – it is an important part of her identity, just like it is for most people. Whilst working on a short-term program supporting people back to work after an absence, Mary witnessed the many challenges that can arise, since then, she has dedicated herself growing her pioneering initiative; Connect4Work.

Mary is a highly accomplished professional and as a Certified Disability Management Professional, she is committed to excellence by maintaining annual certification, staying at the forefront of industry standards and best practices. Her deep interest in vocational rehabilitation (VR) led her to assume the role of Irish Coordinator for the VRA UK/Irl where she hosts two webinars each month, covering a diverse range of VR related topics.

In her pursuit of new learning opportunities and continuous professional development, in 2023 Mary completed programs in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Management as well as Disability Awareness Studies.
Mary loves to collaborate with organisations and deliver customised training programs on a wide range of topics, all with a central focus on promoting inclusion in the workplace. She has been a speaker at numerous events, sharing her experiences and addressing critical topics related to disability, accessibility, health, and well-being in the workplace.

The impact of her work was recognised with the 2023 Galway Chamber Business Award in the Accessibility, Diversity & Inclusion Category.

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