It might feel awkward to ask a colleague about time off work. You might be worried it will be embarrassing for them, or that you’re pushing them into revealing something personal, but it’s likely your colleague will be grateful that it’s acknowledged, as pretending nothing has happened might make them feel more isolated.
- Just asking how they are can really help.
- Be aware that they might not want to talk about it - it can be hard to open up about mental health at work, so make sure to respect that.
- As an alternative, small, kind gestures - like making a cup of tea - can help them feel like part of the team again.