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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At Work article

New initiative ‘skills up’ employers to hire, promote, support workers with disabilities

Efforts to date to improve the labour-force participation of persons with disabilities have focused on making them job-ready. A new initiative is now flipping that approach on its head, by focusing on 'skilling up' workplaces instead.
Published: August 23, 2022
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At Work article

How government funding can best support the employment of persons with disabilities

What kind of government funding best encourages employers to hire and retain persons with disabilities? A research team at the Institute for Work & Health recently explored this question.
Published: May 4, 2022
IWH Speaker Series
IWH Speaker Series

Return to work in Ontario police services: Current experiences and practices

What challenges do members of police services, both sworn officers and civilian staff, face in their recovery and return to work after a work injury?  In this presentation, IWH Scientist Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd shares what he heard from police members⁠—those who were injured as well as those supporting return-to-work⁠— in a qualitative study on return to work in Ontario police services. Using quotes and examples, he also offers suggestions on policies and practices that emerged from the data and that police services can implement to improve the return-to-work process. 
Published: October 2022
A visually impaired businesswoman uses smartphone and earphones during a business meeting
At Work article

New initiative ‘skills up’ employers to hire, promote, support workers with disabilities

Efforts to date to improve the labour-force participation of persons with disabilities have focused on making them job-ready. A new initiative is now flipping that approach on its head, by focusing on 'skilling up' workplaces instead.
Published: August 2022
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Research Highlights

Getting the message right: strategies to improve return-to-work communication

Communication is central to disability management—especially in large and complex organizations where multiple parties are involved in the return-to-work process and inconsistent practices can add to communication challenges. Workplace stakeholders in large and complex organizations use key strategies to effectively communicate about RTW. They include communicating messages of support, correctly timing RTW communication, carefully wording messages, framing messages and tailoring messages for individual workers.
Published: July 2022
Journal article
Row of diverse persons with disabilities
At Work article

How government funding can best support the employment of persons with disabilities

What kind of government funding best encourages employers to hire and retain persons with disabilities? A research team at the Institute for Work & Health recently explored this question.
Published: May 2022
Journal article
Journal article
Journal article

Return-to-work after work-related injury in the construction sector: a scoping review

Published: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, February 2022