Whay bother with an assessment? Can’t you just ask the employee what they want?
No! You are looking to have some simple questions answered that you probably can’t answer yourself. If these simple questions are not answered then over the long term the employee could get worse, allot worse. That is bad for safety and also for the person. If things go really bad they could be very bad for you. Accident maybe?
You want to know how bad the problem is? That is important because that has to be identified to make a treatment plan.
What is the appropriate treatment? Many bosses think that a 28 day rehab will solve all the employee’s problems but how do you know and is that reasonable? What if it is not? A friend of mine who used to work in a mental hospital said “I had a whole wing of rehab grads.”
Is the person following the treatment plan? This is important because if they are that points to someone who will be safe in the workplace, if they are not then that would be a negative for sure.
Are they stable enough to return to work with a plan that they are following? Does alcohol or drug testing need to be invoked for safety and deterrence?
Yes, these questions will be answered with an assessment, safety will be addressed and hopefully an employee will be restored.