Job accommodation

Job accommodations, through modifications or adjustments to job processes, work environments and/or work schedules, are a key component of stay-at-work and return-to-work programs that are designed to ensure workers with work- or non-work-related injuries or illnesses (physical or mental) are able to sustain their employment. IWH conducts a wide range of research in this area, exploring barriers and facilitators to successful job accommodation, as well as disclosure of disability and other complex issues surrounding the accommodation of injured or ill workers. 

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Addressing communication issues faced by supervisors, case managers key to well-run RTW process

IWH study of disability management in large, complex organizations focuses on communication bottlenecks experienced by supervisors, case managers
Published: October 8, 2019
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Despite pain and fatigue, older workers with chronic conditions want to work to age 65

IWH study of retirement expectations finds boomers with health issues have same plans as healthy peers
Published: July 30, 2019
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Communication and collaboration among return-to-work stakeholders

Published: Disability & Rehabilitation, November 2019
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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.
Published: October 2019
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Despite pain and fatigue, older workers with chronic conditions want to work to age 65

Having a health condition or a chronic disease can be challenging for older workers, but it doesn't necessarily decrease their desire to work and retire at about the same age as healthy peers, finds an IWH study of retirement expectations.
Published: July 2019
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Employers miss out on talent by overlooking workers living with disabilities

One reason for the lower employment participation rates of people with disabilities is that employers often have prohibitive concerns and pessimistic ideas about hiring people with disabilities. But research conducted as part of the Canadian Disability Participation Project, by a team that includes IWH's Dr. Arif Jetha, suggests that many of the most common employer concerns about hiring people with disabilities are unfounded, writes project lead Dr. Silvia Bonnacio.
Published: The Conversation, July 2019
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Tools and guides

Supporting return to work among employees with musculoskeletal or mental health conditions: an evidence-based practical resource

This resource synthesizes the research evidence on the practical solutions that workplaces can implement (in conjunction with workers' compensation, insurance and health-care authorities) to support the return to work of employees with musculoskeletal disorders or mental health conditions.
Published: May 2019
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Concerns about claiming, postclaim support, and return to work planning: the workplace's impact on return to work

Published: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2019
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Do health service use and return-to-work outcomes differ with GPs' injured-worker caseload?

Published: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, March 2019
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Supporting the transition into employment: a study of Canadian young adults living with disabilities

Published: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, March 2019
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Seeking broad input on a pan-Canadian strategy to improve work choices for people with disabilities

Public consultation is now under way on a draft strategy for building an inclusive workforce—one where people with and without disabilities have the same choices in their jobs and careers. Read about the draft strategy, unveiled last December at the Disability and Work in Canada 2018 conference.
Published: January 2019