Improving processes for talking about and implementing work accommodations for people with chronic, episodic health conditions
Reasons for the study
Episodic conditions, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's and colitis, depression and anxiety, are often unpredictable and invisible to others, with symptoms that fluctuate from one period in time to another. As such, they create unique challenges in managing workplace disabilities, particularly in implementing privacy and duty-to-accommodate policies. This study aims to better understand the similarities and differences across physical and mental health episodic disabilities with respect to the processes for communicating, delivering, using and adapting workplace accommodations.
Objectives of the study
- To increase understanding of the impact of episodic disabilities on workers and workplaces
- To illuminate communication processes and needs related to disclosure of episodic disabilities (e.g. initiating communication, changing needs)
- To begin developing a toolkit to help employers and workers better communicate about and implement workplace accommodations
This research is relevant to older workers, employers, human resources professionals, disability managers, occupational health professionals, insurers, government bodies, and community organizations focused on aging, employment, disability and/or caregiving. Its findings will be relevant to programs aimed at reducing at-work disability, improving work productivity and ensuring the employment sustainability of Canadian workers with episodic disabilities.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Crohn's & Colitis Canada
Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Mindful Employer Canada
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Ontario Ministry of Labour
The Arthritis Society
Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Signature Initiative