At Work

Current issue: At Work 102 (Fall 2020)

People who felt unprotected from COVID-19 at work had poorer mental health—even poorer than people who had lost their jobs during the pandemic. Depressive symptoms, more prevalent among people with arthritis than in the general population, raise the risks of work disability for those with both conditions. Gaps in rates of early death are widening in Canada between people with the highest and lowest levels of education and income.

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 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 an episodic disability linked to the 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.
Three construction workers smile for the camera

Union firms have lower lost-time claim rates, study in ICI construction confirms

Five years ago, an IWH study found lower lost-time injury claim rates in unionized firms in Ontario's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector. A new study uses more recent data to see if it can replicate the observed "union safety effect."
A man holding his back

Cochrane back group earns high praise for its rigorous systematic reviews

Recent assessments of low-back pain research have give high marks to Cochrane Back and Neck systematic reviews, citing rigorous methods.