It is possible to use the Natural HR form builder to create customised self certification and return to work forms which can be completed electronically following an instance of absence.
What is the difference?
Self certification forms require an employee to complete a section of the form themselves: once completed, these forms are stored against the instance of absence, ready for the employee's manager or HR to complete their section of the form.
Return to work forms are sent directly to the manager following the instance of absence to be completed, the employee who the instance of absence relates to will not have the ability to complete or view this form.
Enabling Self certification and Return to work forms
Once the form has been created within the form builder, there are a couple of settings which will need to be changed in order for this to be enabled:
Select which Self certification or Return to work form you would like to use by going to
Administration > Company > Settings >Time off settings (global)
In the 'Absence settings' section, select the form which you have created in either the 'Return to work form or 'Self certification form' options.
Once you have selected the form which you would like to use, select Submit at the bottom of the page to save the change.
If you require a Self certification form or Return to work form to be triggered after a certain duration, for example, trigger a self-certification form if the absence is longer than 5 days, you should enter the trigger duration in the 'Return to work trigger duration' or 'Self certification trigger duration' fields respectively.
You will need to indicate to the Natural HR system, which of your time off types requires a Return to work or Self certification form. To do this, go to
Administration > HR > Time off management > Time off types
Here, you can either add a new time off type, or edit an existing one.
In the Absence settings section, select 'Yes' in the 'Return to work required' or 'Self certification required' options to indicate if this time off type requires either or both of these forms to be completed.
Once completed, select 'Submit' at the bottom of the page to save the change.
Completing a Return to work form
Once set up, if a return to work form is required following an instance of absence, the employee's manager will receive a notification prompting them to complete the return to work form.
The manager will then be able to review the details of the absence whilst completing the form, by clicking on the item in their workflow.
Once completed, the Return to work form can be viewed at any time against the instance of absence under:
Time and attendance > Time off
Completing a Self Certification form
Once an instance of absence requiring a Self certification form has been entered into the system, the relevant employee will receive an email notification to suggest that this needs to be completed; the employee will also receive a banner under 'Notices' on their home screen, which will allow them to complete the form.
Once submitted, this form will be fed back to the employee's manager to review.