A co-worker is returning from short-term disability leave. You’re pretty sure it was for a mental-health related problem. Before they left, they had been showing signs of stress and depression.
Greet them warmly and tell them you are glad to see them back. Find a time when you can have a chat to catch up with them, such as over coffee or lunch. Let them know that you are there to support them and you understand that it may take time for them to get back to full speed. Continue to include them in workplace activities. Don’t tolerate critical remarks from other co-workers
To see videos about this scenarios and other advice, visit these websites:
Mental Health Commission of Canada in partnership with Ottawa Public Health
Mindful Employer Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association