At Work

Current issue: At Work 98 (Fall 2019)

Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment by case managers are linked to lower odds of poor mental health. Return-to-work communication problems in large, complex organizations tend to arise for two crucial roles. Studies of COR programs in B.C., Alberta find certified firms have 12 to 14 per cent greater reduction in injury rates.

At Work is the flagship newsletter of the Institute for Work & Health. Published quarterly and available as a pdf or online, the newsletter includes engaging and lay-friendly articles reporting on the Institute’s latest research findings in the areas of work injury, illness and disability prevention. The newsletter also shares stories of how these findings are applied in practice, as well as the impact they are having on improving outcomes for workers, employers and policy-makers.

Latest articles

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What research can do: IWH researchers help MPs examine episodic disabilities and work issues

IWH senior scientists presented expert testimony to a federal standing committee looking at the needs of people with episodic disabilities—an example of how research can support policy-makers in addressing important societal issues
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Employers certified by COR programs have greater reduction in injury rates: studies

Although COR programs are offered in most provinces and territories across the country, little research has been done on their effectiveness. A research program recently examined workers' compensation data in B.C. and Alberta for links between certification and injury rates.
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Claimants’ perceptions of fair treatment linked to lower odds of poor mental health

Previous studies have suggested that the process of making a workers’ compensation claim may be linked to poorer mental health. Now, an IWH study suggests that claimant's perception of fair treatment by case managers may be key.
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Program raised workplace mental health awareness, but not likelihood of policy

In Thunder Bay and surrounding area, public health officials began hearing that employers needed more resources on managing mental health. They responded with a community awareness program. According to a study, the program raised knowledge about the issue—and not just among those that took part.
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Addressing communication issues faced by supervisors, case managers key to well-run RTW process

Disability management depends on communication, and according to an IWH study, in large and complex organizations, communication "bottlenecks" tend to converge around two roles in particular: front-line supervisors and case managers.