At Work

Current issue: At Work 106 (Fall 2021)

All-around poor psychosocial work conditions linked to greater risk of burnout, stress for a segment of the workforce. Jobless people with employment insurance benefits have lower death rates over 10 years than those without. Workplace COVID transmission lower than community spread in most Ontario sectors during pandemic’s first year.

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 magnifying glass is positioned in front of a row of five wooden figures

Q&A: New IWH president talks about his role, how he got here, and plans for the years ahead

As he takes over from Dr. Cameron Mustard, who is retiring as Institute for Work & Health president after 20 years, Dr. Peter Smith looks back at his history with the Institute and his vision for its future
Workplace inspectors inspecting a workplace during COVID, as indicated by the masks they are wearing

What research can do: Scanning how OHS authorities responded to the pandemic

A new Issue Briefing looks at common challenges in the way labour inspection authorities in developed countries around the world have responded to the pandemic
Long shadows cast by a row of workers

Study probes factors behind poorer health, lower employment in injured workers’ post-claim experience

What are the work and health outcomes of injured workers after they no longer receive workers' compensation benefits or services? A study at IWH sets out to explore this little understood aspect of the post-injury experience.
Close-up of floor markings indicating six feet distances

In most sectors, workplaces saw lower COVID transmission rates than in the community

What was the role of workplaces in contributing to COVID-19 case counts in Ontario? And what measures did workplaces across Canada put in place to reduce or prevent COVID spread? A team at IWH and Public Health Ontario draw on population-level data to find out.
A worker slumps over in fatigue and defeat, next to an angry boss and a desk piled high with work

For a segment of the workforce, psychosocial working conditions are poor across the board

For one in 10 Canadian workers, the psychosocial work environment is poor across the board. What's more, working in such conditions is associated with a substantial increase in their risk of burnout and stress.