We have a member of staff who we are having some performance issues with. These issues have been present on and off for some time - we have had several meetings to highlight the issues with her and things improve for a short while and then deteriorate again. Sadly, her father passed away suddenly last year. We arranged to have a meeting with her to discuss performance issues and she told us that she thought she might be suffering from depression. We advised that she went to see a GP and she has been referred to counselling. She has been out of the office on holiday this week and further problems with performance have been highlighted. I just wonder what our next move is, as she has disclosed a possible underlying medical issue?
She has been working here since 11/ 2010
Thanks for this.
Do you suggest that we ask her during the meeting if we can contact her doctor or is this something that should be done separately?
In terms of who attends this initial meeting would you suggest ideally that it needs to be just her Line Manager, and I in a HR capacity would attend it should the process become more formal?
I think this is the last question. How feasible is it to recommend that the person takes time off from work?
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