New proposals to bring in well notes for employees suffering from long-term sickness have been outlined by national director for health and work Dame Carol Black.
The sick note culture in the UK will be tackled by the new system of well notes, an initiative which will focus on what tasks a worker can complete rather than what they are unable to do in the workplace, Dame Black's report stated.
This will help to encourage sick and disabled employees to go back to work, she said.
Dame Black added that lost productivity is the main reason why long-term sickness costs the UK economy £100 billion.
The well note idea was previously announced by Alan Johnson, the health secretary.
It is has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as it is likely to help those suffering from a mental illness.
CIPD employee relations adviser Mike Emmott noted: "Work has a huge part to play in the early treatment and rehabilitation of people experiencing mental ill health."