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Role plays for absence management training


 I'm in the process of putting together training on absence management which will cover the return to work interview, a formal absence management meeting and a potential dismissal meeting. Does anyone have any examples of role plays in this area which they are willing to share with me.

Any help would be much appreciated.


4 Responses

  1. Absence management role plays

    Hi Claire

    I like to give every ‘manager’ the same brief (general performance of the employee, previous absences, etc) but with each ‘employee’ having a different underlying issue, which tests the manager’s ability to get to the root of the problem.
    E.g. underlying reasons for being absence might be:

    • Feeling hung over or very tired as playing in a band late into the evening
    • Having to tend to a sick relative or hospital visits for a personal (potential) long term ailment – which they don’t want to talk about
    • Depressed as unhappy in their job and taking time out to look for something else

    Each of these 3 scenarios may call for a different response and level of support from the manager, and illustrates to the group the importance of getting to the root cause.

    Hope this helps

    — Caroline Cooper Zeal Coaching

  2. A role play scenario on absence management

    Hi Claire

    I have a role play scenario consisting of a pair of A4 briefs for manager and staff member to role play a back to work interview. It has a twist (if the manager is patient enough with the team member) written into the staff member brief. Download at and scroll to top resource: ‘Absence Management Role Play’. Please use/amend to fit your needs.

    Hope that helps


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