When an employees takes a leave of absence, no matter the reason, assimilating the employee back into company culture and their daily responsibilities is easier said than done. Pricewaterhouse Coopers has an initiative called the Leave of Absence Career Round Table Option that helps to ease the return of employees who have been out of the office for an extended amount of time.
Initiatives like this do take time and money to organize, but in the end they are crucial when it comes to retaining top-talent employees. These initiatives also help to reduce stress while promoting mental health. In the end, they can help make the returning employee more engaged and productive than ever.