Returning to work after a long absence

If you have been off work for several weeks or longer because of your IBD, you may feel anxious about returning to work. It is common for people to lose confidence about being able to return to work even after a relatively short time away.

Keeping in touch with an employer can help. It may be worth agreeing in advance about how your employer will maintain contact with you if you are absent. This could specify a timescale - for example, suggest contact once you are absent for more than two weeks. It might also specify the method by which you would prefer to be contacted e.g. phone, email or personal visit. You may prefer contact from a co-worker, close colleague or union representative rather than your direct line manager.