Client Experiences

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Laura Kate Reilly

Senior Occupational Therapist at Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Mary delivered employer engagement training to our Step Ahead Plus team in October 2022. Mary approached the delivery of the training in a collaborative manner and ensured the learning objectives matched our expectations. The training was really informative and delivered in an interactive manner. Mary asked us for feedback at various points during the training ensuring it fulfilled our shared objectives. Thank you Mary 🙂

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Najara Harter

Dignity and Respect Support Advisor at Telefonica

Last year I invited Mary to talk about Mental Health for the Telefonica Dublin office as part of our Diversity & Inclusion monthly event. She was brilliant! The feedback was that Mary was approachable and brought up such a delicate subject in a considerate and pleasing way, demonstrating how knowledgeable she is in the matter. I couldn't recommend Mary enough.


Niamh Pentony

Ergonomist and Director at Boyne Ergonomics

Connecting with Mary at Connect4Work has provided me with the opportunity to use my current skills in an I area had not previously considered. Thanks to her input and the platform she provides, I understand the need to consider not only the physical needs of employees, but also the psychological needs when assessing the suitability of the work space.

Have a question for Mary?

When can an absent employee be referred for return to work planning?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. 

The direct answer is, we suggest that once an employee has been absent for three weeks and it is looking likely that they will not return on the fourth week (it is at this point they are considered long term sick) that an employee can be referred to Connect4Work for assistance.

The in-direct answer is, that as soon as you find yourself asking any of these questions about an absent employee, it is time to reach out for some support:

  • What if I do/say the wrong thing?
  • I don’t know what the next steps are.
  • I don’t want to seem insensitive
  • I want to help, but just don’t know how
  • The team is being affected 

I love to hear from employers like you. I like to listen to your current challenges and if I can help, I will. 

Ask me anything!