At Work

Current issue: At Work 97 (Summer 2019)

Greater job control, job security and social support are linked to both lower risks of mental illness and greater likelihood of flourishing mental well-being. Evidence-based health and safety benchmarks are now available for building construction employers in Manitoba, thanks to an IWH collaboration with the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. New systematic review confirms widespread message that new workers face higher risks of acute injury.

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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Employers certified through COR programs have 12 to 14 per cent lower injury rates

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’ perception 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.
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Understanding employment patterns among older workers in four countries

In many developed countries, including Canada, encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce is a common policy goal. But what do we know about current work participation patterns among people older than 65? A new study involving IWH looks at data in Canada, the U.K., Denmark and Sweden.