A survey by Employment Review of 182 organisations found that two out of three employers believe that return-to-work interviews have cut employee absence rates. Most employers thought the introduction of return-to-work interviews either reduced staff absences (64%) or left them unchanged (29%). By contrast, only a few HR practitioners (7%) believed they could actually lead to an increase in absences. The interviews appear to be most effective for smaller employers, with 67% of organisations employing fewer than 250 people reporting a reduction in absences.