Who do we work with?

Connect4Work will help you effectively manage employee absence and reasonable accommodation requirements. We work with:

self employed



Human Resources


Health and safety




Union Representative

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Occupational Health

How can we help?

Employees who feel valued and supported during a vulnerable time will return to work more loyal, dedicated, engaged and productive.

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Return to work

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Stay at work

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Training and events

Let’s talk about your risk


of people achieve a successful return to work after 6 months absence. At 12 months this reduces to 20%


of businesses report absence adversely impacts operations or performance


increase in sickness absence since 2021


of businesses expect turnover to increase

The trouble with an illness or an injury is that it is usually unexpected, uncontrolled, unexplained, or unpredictable – but always unwanted.

Mary Finn, Founder Connect4Work

Client Experiences

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HCB Group

Mary has worked as a case manager for HCB for several years. Mary’s role as a case manager with HCB is focussed on supporting employers and employees during the return to work journey, and she endeavours to work with them both to achieve positive outcomes. Mary recognises the importance of the case manager role and approaches her work with enthusiasm and care. She is a highly respected professional who we are fortunate to have working within our team.

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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

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.


Our commitment to you

When you call, you will be listened to, we will work with both you and your employee to identify a solution to work for both of you. Our goal is to provide proactive strategies that make you an employer of choice!

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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!

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