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Young adults entering the workforce have an almost 40% greater risk of work-related mental health problems than other working age groups. This study examines how managers perceive causes of sick leave due to Common Mental Disorders (CMDs) among young employees and how managers work to prevent such sick leave.

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This article highlights the need to ease the transition into working life for young employees by supportive and detailed introduction to work, with continuous supervision and frequent communication at both individual and workplace levels. Our findings emphasize the importance of taking gender into account in communicating about work demands and the occasional need to reduce demands to prevent sick leave due to CMDs, regardless of whether the employee is facing challenges at work or in their personal life.

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This page is a summary of: Managers’ experience of causes and prevention of sick leave among young employees with Common Mental Disorders (CMDs)–A qualitative interview study with a gender perspective, PLoS ONE, September 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0292109.
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