Ask HR: How best can we support our once troubled colleague?

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What you need to know:

  • Aim for a work environment where employees’ welfare is given priority.


  • Tasks should be clearly stated, and staff facilitated with the right tools and resources to do their best work.


  • Watch out for any signs of stress and burnout, and provide information on how staff can easily identify these challenges in their daily work.

My company has been recruiting for a key role and last week, we met an impressive candidate. During the interview,  he was honest and admitted that he was released from his last job for absconding work. He said he had struggled with mental health, and is now encouraged to speak about it since employers are more aware and are likely to be supportive. We resolved to hire him for the role, and would like to know how best to support him to settle well.

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