At Work

Current issue: At Work 103 (Winter 2021)

Unionized firms have lower lost-time injury rates than non-union firms, a second study in Ontario's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector confirms. How people's reasons for disclosing or not disclosing their episodic condition at work matter to the work support they receive. What sets apart people who use cannabis at work from those who use but never on the job? The answers all relate to the types of jobs they do and the work environments they’re in.

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

A woman works at a laundry service

Precarity more likely for older, new workers with disabilities

An IWH study finds the risks of working in precarious jobs are the same for people with and without disabilities. But among people with disabilities, precarity is more likely when people are older or have less job tenure.
Masked restaurant worker prepares take-out food orders

What research can do: Workplace COVID outbreaks reported by Ontario public health account for one in 20 cases in working-age adults

In the second wave of the pandemic so far, outbreaks in essential service workplaces (excluding health-care, congregate living and educational settings) have contributed just over five per cent of all cases among working-age adults in Ontario.
A pair of hands roll a cannabis joint

At-work cannabis use linked to work factors, including some not expected: IWH study

What factors differentiate people who use cannabis at work from those who don't? An IWH study finds they all relate to people's job characteristics and environments, including some that are surprising.
A woman in a wheelchair works from her home office

Impact of COVID, and signs of progress, in the spotlight at disabilities and work conference

At the 2020 Disability and Work in Canada, the outsized impact of the pandemic on work outcomes for persons with disabilities was a dominant theme. But hopeful notes were also sounded.
Two women sharing a confidence at work

People’s reasons for disclosing episodic disabilities linked to support they receive

Should people with an episodic disability disclose their condition at work? It's a complex decision. This new study looks at people's reasons for disclosing (or not) and explores whether they are linked to outcomes.