Concurrent Workshop Descriptions

Monday, October 15 – Concurrent Workshops – Session 1 – 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 1A Criterion Validity of the Quickscan questionnaire to assess risk of long-term sickness absence: A cross-sectional validation study

Presenter: Kaat Goorts, Belgium

The development of a Belgium questionnaire to predict long-term sickness absence is a governmental project to support physicians of sickness fund organisations in rehabilitating patients. According to this research project, the questionnaire is a clinically reliable and valid instrument to select the high-risk patients-group for long-term sick leave.

Assessing the risk of long-term sickness absence: Validation study of a new assessment instrument

Presenter: Lode Godderis, Belgium

A large scale Belgian governmental project aims to develop and validate a predictive questionnaire for high risk on long-term sick leave. The questionnaire is a support instrument for physicians of sickness fund organisations, so they can focus early return-to work efforts on the group who needs this the most.

Assessing cognition and cognitive demands in stay at work

Presenter: Nancy Gowan, Canada

Accommodation of Mental health conditions requires a standard objective assessment process. This workshop will show how accommodation of cognitive limitations has been undertaken within a national financial institution to support improved stay at work options for employees when mental health conditions impact cognition.

Session 1B From prevention to rehabilitation and back: The cycle of Disability Management in temporary work

Presenter: Eckehard Froese, Germany

The presentation describes VBG’s (German Social Accident Insurance) specific concept in prevention and rehabilitation. At any time precise description of work tasks and comparison with the employee’s capacity is the key. All preventive protective measures, adaptations of the workplace and rehabilitation measures are derived from this in order to achieve safe and healthy work.

  Factors affecting the return-to-work outcome of migrant workers after a work injury

Presenter: Heidi, Siew Khoon Tan, Singapore

The challenges of returning migrant workers to work in Singapore after a work injury is significantly greater than for local workers. This study seeks to use real case studies to gain a deeper understanding of the facilitators and barriers that could affect the RTW outcome of migrant workers.

  Low skilled work, aging workforce and the multicultural workplace: New challenges for disability management at the workplace in Switzerland?

Presenter: Thomas Geisen, Switzerland

Many migrant workers are employed in low skilled work. Growing older in these jobs, which are often difficult, dirty and dangerous (3-D-jobs), means new challenges for workers in relation to health, both physical and mental. Based on that situation, new challenges for disability management will be discussed.

Session 1C Work-injury management and return to work in the manufacturing industry in Selangor, Malaysia

Presenter: Wei Fern Siew, Malaysia

Work-injury management is a vital process to ensure workers’ successful return to work (RTW) following any workplace injury. This study reports on the Social Security Office of Malaysia, nurses, employers and workers’ participation in work-injury management and return to work practices in the manufacturing industry in Selangor, Malaysia.

  Return to work in Germany- Disability Management offers possibilities to reach this target

Presenter: Oliver Froehlke, Germany

The obligation to offer a return to work program for sick and injured employees, which is required by German law, is globally unparalleled. Its goal is to overcome the inability to work and to secure the workplace in the long run.

  Occupational rehabilitation systems for workers with acquired non-occupational health conditions: An EU perspective

Presenter: Donal McAnaney, Canada

This presentation provides an overview of the findings of an international review of occupational rehabilitation systems of delivery in 10 European Member States. it identifies similarities and contrasts between jurisdictions and draws conclusions relating to services and supports for workers with non-occupational health conditions in Europe.

Session 1D Promoting informed employees in the disability management process: Construction of a decision aid for employees with a chronic disease concerning disclosure at the workplace

Presenter: Mathilde Niehaus, Germany

Employees diagnosed with a chronic disease, often encounter the problem of how to deal with their condition at the workplace and whether they should communicate it at all. This project is about the construction of a web-based decision aid that facilitates the disclosure decision in the disability management process.

  Demystifying DM & RTW: How the Ontario Hospital Association in partnership with Desjardins Insurance assists Ontario Hospital employees successfully return to work

Presenter: Brenda Clark and Joanne Philipose, Canada

This presentation will show how the Ontario Hospital Association in partnership with Desjardins Insurance assisted hospitals throughout the province of Ontario provide a consistent return to work model and enhanced disability management program for those coming back to work following a non work-related illness or injury.

  Innovative approaches to help employees return to health and work sooner

Presenter: Georgia Pomaki and Shawn Wakley, Canada

Working with specialized providers, Manulife initiated five ground-breaking pilot programs to explore innovative treatment options for employees on disability. Earlier, personalized, intensive and return to work focused treatment is offered to employees with mental and musculoskeletal disorders. Pilot findings and ways to initiate effective treatment programs in disability management, will be presented.

Session 1E Recruiting, retaining and engaging individuals living with a mental illness

Presenter: Emile Tompa, Canada

This session will share the business case for accommodating employees living with a mental health disability. We will explore the types accommodations and strategies employers can implement in their disability management policies and practices. Findings from the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s latest research project will be presented.

  Creating evidence-informed theory-driven interventions to increase hiring practices of people with disabilities

Presenter: Marc White, Canada

Working with human resources professionals, labour representatives, non-profit agencies and other service providers to create targeted resources to increase organizational readiness (awareness, motivation, knowledge and competencies, policies and procedures, support services) and to participate in job recruitment and enhance job retention of people with mental health and physical disabilities.

  Predictors of employment in a sample of individuals with a serious mental health illness who are receiving community mental health services: Using the Ontario Common Assessment of Need

Presenter: Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, Canada

The purpose of this study is to describe the labour market participation of individuals with a mental health illness receiving community mental health services in the following functional centers: intensive case management (CM), assertive community treatment (ACT), employment services, and early psychosis intervention (EPI).

Monday, October 15 – Concurrent Workshops – Session 2 – 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Session 2A What is episodic disability? A scoping review

Presenter: Mary Catharine Breadner, Canada

Creating a working definition for workers, unions, and employers is essential to ensuring that workers with episodic disabilities are able to access and participate in work. The aim of this review is define episodic disability and suggest a definition for the workplace.

  The Hidden Workforce (Cancer)

Presenter: Graham Halsey, UK

Two million people have cancer in the UK. There has been a positive shift in attitudes supporting people through their journey through diagnosis and treatment, less in the workplace. A cancer charity has used the Disability Management model enabling health professionals to work with employers and employees in return to work.

  Collaboration between a Disability Management program and clinical pharmacists to improve the health and work attendance of employees with migraines

Presenter: Barbara Gobis and Monica Herrera, Canada

In 2016, Fraser Health Disability Management established an arrangement to refer employees with migraines to the University of British Columbia Pharmacists Clinic to obtain comprehensive medication review and improve employee migraine self-management. Based on feedback and review of absenteeism before and after the referral, we conclude that this service improves health and reduces absenteeism.

Session 2B EML uses personalised and interactive video as a new way to engage with injured workers

Presenter: Helena Swindells, Australia

EngageOne Video technology enables EML to interact with injured workers differently. It uses data to generate videos tailored to each worker, and allows them to choose topics they wish to view. Analytics give insight into what’s important to them, providing EML a new and engaging way to interact with workers.

  The analysis of standard workplaces for the disabled for their promotion

Presenter: Won Ho Kim and Younghwan Jun, Republic of Korea

This study examined the actual conditions of people with disabilities (PWDs) working in standard workplaces for the disabled (SWD) and the actual conditions of those workplaces. Based on the analysis result, we suggested several recommendations to improve the conditions of the SWDs.

Session 2C Analysis of engagement between ethics and return-to-work discourses in respective academic literature

Presenter: Wentao Li, Canada

Ethics terminology can guide RTW professionals on how to respond to future challenges. We investigated whether such vocabulary was utilized in RTW academic literature and whether RTW was mentioned in ethics-related journals. We found limited coverage especially for ethics theories in RTW literature and for RTW in ethics literature.

  The Return on Work Reintegration

Presenter: Gregor Kemper, Germany

The Return on Work Reintegration Study demonstrates the large economic potential of investments into work reintegration. For every dollar invested, employers, social security and society receive an average return of 3.1 times the initial investment after two years.

  From macro to micro: Global perspectives and strategies on return to work

Presenter: Vickie Kennedy and Heather Lore, USA

Hear a global perspective on the roles of stakeholders in return to work to prevent disability, and how jurisdictional agencies benefit from supporting claims stakeholders understand their role, develop a return to work culture, and ways to incentivize return to work.

Session 2D Prevention and rehabilitation: Twin-track approach in return to work (RTW)

Presenter: Friedrich Mehrhoff, Germany

The message of the lecture: Open the traditional model of segregation between technical inspectors and disability managers to a more cooperative relationship. This kind of strategy facilitates to reach the goal of retaining and returning the employability.

  Preventing delayed recovery by adopting a biopsychosocial approach

Presenter: Marcos Iglesias, USA

Delayed recovery presents a challenge to employers and is harmful to the employee. A biopsychosocial approach addresses disability holistically and effectively. We will explore ways to identify medical, psychosocial, psychiatric, work and system barriers to function and learn the tools available to address them.

  Disability Prevention: Navigating the road to recovery

Presenter: Paul Petrie and Paul Henczel, Canada

This co-presentation will include an innovative approach to disability prevention that focuses on the supports needed for maximizing recovery, particularly for complex multiple disability conditions and “hidden” mental and psychological disabilities. It will speak directly to the theme: Overcoming key health barriers to successful work outcomes.

Session 2E Employment and economic security for persons with disabilities: Findings from the Canadian Survey on Disability 2012

Presenter: Abdou Saouab, Canada

Employment is a key protective factor against poverty; however, many Canadians with disabilities find it difficult to obtain and retain employment. We examine the employment/income link for persons with disabilities to identify key groups at risk of poverty due to lack of employment, discrimination, and/or lack of accommodations.

  EnAbling change: Hiring people with disabilities key to unlocking Ontario’s full potential

Presenter: Alexandra Cutean, Canada

Identifying challenges that Ontario tech companies face when it comes to recruiting and retaining persons with disabilities is essential to creating accessible and inclusive workplaces; and key to offering meaningful employment opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in the digital economy, both today and in the future.

  Hospital-to-Work Programme in Singapore

Presenter: Simon Tay and Tan Bee Hui, Singapore

This session will report on the achievements of the Hospital-to-Work (H2W) which was implemented as a national program supporting persons with disabilities in their transitions to employment through a case management approach.

Tuesday, October 16 – Concurrent Workshops – Session 3 – 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Session 3A When the treatment becomes the barrier: Addressing new challenges facing DM Professionals

Presenter: Dawn Yearwood, Canada

This presentation explores the challenges and impact of cannabis and opioids as prolonged treatment options on accommodation and return to work. Identifying strategies, tools and resources disability management professionals can use to address these barriers will be the focus of this session.

  How antidepressant and psychotherapy treatment utilization for depressive disorder influences work disability

Presenter: Fraser Gaspar, USA

Our findings illustrate the wide variability in mental health treatment utilization. Antidepressant and psychotherapy utilization were found to be generally outside treatment guidelines. Finally, work disability was influenced by treatment and adherence to treatment.

  Addiction medicine in the workplace in 2018

Presenter: Anne Sophie Marsolais, Canada

A four year medical implementation process in a 2,800 employee workplace reveals that assisting employees in their search for treatment, and educating employers on how to assist and accommodate employees in great need are an important investment in preserving jobs and dignity, and in ensuring a secure and safe workplace.

Session 3B Barriers and facilitators for return to work of workers with mental health problems: A multi-stakeholder perspective

Presenter: Margot Joosen, Netherlands

In this session, the audience will learn about barriers and facilitators of work participation after sick leave in workers with common mental disorders, from the perspective of workers, managers, mental health professionals, occupational health professionals and general physicians. Also, practical implications for occupational health and safety professionals and HR managers will be discussed.

  Revisiting an integrated model to disability management [by applying a common approach to managing occupational and non-occupational claims]

Presenter: Samia Jarjoura and Bill Dyer, Canada

Many employers have introduced disability management programs within their workplaces, yet fall short by not engaging in an integrated approach. This presentation will explore the benefits to all stakeholders in introducing and applying a consistent approach to occupational and non-occupational illness and injury in their workplace.

  To disclose or conceal mental health problems in the work environment? A multi-stakeholder focus group study on the disclosure dilemma (preliminary results)

Presenter: Evelien Brouwers, Netherlands

This presentation focuses on how mental health related stigma and disclosure decisions can affect work participation. Multi-stakeholder views on the expected effects of disclosure in the work environment will be discussed, as well as practical implications on how organizations, professionals and individuals can deal with this problem.

Session 3C SOCSO Tun Razak Rehabilitation Centre: Best Practices in Successful Return to Work & Sustainability at Work for Amputees

Presenter: Nazatul Akma Binti Zawawi, Malaysia

Amputees are often identified as disabled, but working without difficulty, compared to those with more severe impairments. Working while wearing a prosthesis carries a risk of complications especially if there are underlying health conditions, e.g. diabetes, hypertension, etc. Multidisciplinary involvement in disability management approach at Tun Razak Rehab Centre has managed to identify and overcome barriers that can affect the return to work outcomes and sustainability of amputee workers.

  Evidence of the positive impact of Health Benefits of Good Work concepts on early intervention treatment

Presenter: Anne Cherry, Australia

Across Australia, the Health Benefits of Good Work public awareness campaign, in tandem with behavioural economics approaches, is having a positive effect on General Practitioners’ certification practices – leading to measurable, positive impact on reducing the potential detriments that worklessness can lead to.

  Changing focus, changing lives: Focusing on abilities, workplace options and early return to work

Presenter: Janet Henry and Lani deHek, Canada

Flowing from the CBDMA recommendations, the Enhanced Disability Management Program was developed and implemented province wide. Building on best practice recommendations, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority brought rehabilitation and return to work services in house. Working jointly with key stakeholders, employees receive individualized CMPs, support for ongoing chronic conditions and options for alternative work.

Session 3D Implementation of the Disability Management training program and certification in Belgium: Steps taken

Presenter: Saskia Decuman and Laurence Paquier, Belgium

In 2014 NIHDI obtained the license to organize in Belgium the DM training/ certification. A structured process was followed for implementation. 122 students followed the training. 42 people participated in the first exam: 27 took the CRTWC test and 15 the CDMP test. A total of 25 passed (18/27 CRTWC; 7/15 CDMP).

  Implementing an international Disability Management training program in Belgium: Lessons learned

Presenter: Lode Godderis, Belgium

In 2016, a consortium of various universities and non-profit organizations implemented a training program of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research in the Belgian context. After evaluation, we report now the success factors and barriers of this implementation process.

Session 3E A total health approach for workplaces: Linking prevention to return to work

Presenter: Tyler Amell, Canada

Workplaces today continue to struggle with both injury and illness prevention efforts as well disability management efforts. This session will present a new, integrated model that workplaces can adopt to improve their overall approach to workplace health with an emphasis on disability prevention.

Workplace culture and environment: The impact on disability claims management

Presenter: Jeff Verrill and Don Russell, USA

A claims professional’s work experience could mean the difference between a satisfactory and unsatisfactory claims outcome. Based on observations of a broad cross-section of disability claims operations in the US, the presenters will offer their perspectives on how culture and work environment can impact results.

A retrospective analysis of employers’ DM policy and practice 2004-2016

Presenter: Donal McAnaney, Canada

This presentation summarizes the findings of an analysis of data extracted from 344 anonymized Consensus Based Disability Management Audit (CBDMA) reports carried out in five countries between 2004 and 2016 and covering 15 different industrial sectors. Domains of good disability management practice and areas for improvement are described.

Tuesday, October 16 – Concurrent Workshops – Session 4 – 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 4A The Weller-Database: IT-Tools to manage a rehabilitation process and how to apply the Weller graphical guide with therapy plan

Presenter: Katharina Scheidet, Germany

The Weller-Database is able to provide a highly accurate prognosis of the expected recovery time. With Weller, the healing process of an injured person will be improved, the fitness to work is restored more quickly and the work time lost can be reduced.

  Application of the client-focused return-to-work model in BC industry

Presenter: Derek Sienko, Canada

This presentation focuses on a flexible and integrated model of disability management, the Client-Focused Return to Work Model, and its success for a medium-sized BC organization. Use of this model resulted in greater employee satisfaction and reduced absenteeism over a three-year period. The model provides a basis for future application and research.

  The use of Customer Journey Mapping and Client Personas

Presenter: Elisa Hitchens and Michael Ingram, Australia

The use of Customer Journey Mapping and Client Personas in the complex Police worker’s compensation portfolio has supported a tailored approach to the delivery of services using a customer centred approach. Personas help illustrate a client’s needs and allows the delivery of information and services at the right time.

Session 4B Working toward better outcomes

Presenter: Mark Pittman, Australia

Improved recovery rates can be achieved where a collaborative, whole of person approach is adopted. Utilizing a biopsychosocial framework, underpinned by behavioural economics principles, results in workers who are more engaged, in control of their own recovery and have a faster return to work rate.

  A national collaborative approach to improve work participation: An Australian cross-sectoral perspective

Presenter: Robin Chase, Australia

This presentation will report on a ground breaking national Collaborative Partnership for Work Participation. The partnership brings together public and private sectors to focus on breaking down silos which systems operate in to improve service delivery; helping employees, businesses and GPs to focus on work as part of recovery.

  Legal and policy approaches to implementing return to work program in Singapore

Presenter: Sylvia Teo, Singapore

RTW is currently not legislated in Singapore. Hence, the take up of RTW has been slow. This paper describes the measures taken by the government to fund the implementation of RTW clinical services in public hospitals and address the gaps including the lack of capabilities and know-how to implement RTW.

Session 4C Workplace- and system-based interventions on return to work and recovery for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions: A systematic review

Presenter: Kim Cullen, Canada

The burden of managing musculoskeletal pain and injuries (MSDs) and mental health (MH) conditions in the workplace is substantial. The primary objective of this review was to synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of workplace- and system-based interventions for RTW and recovery after a period of work absence.

  Reasons behind lack of workplace accommodations: Insights from the Canadian Survey on Disability 2012

Presenter: Jeffrey Hughes, Canada

Many Canadians with disabilities have unmet needs for workplace accommodations, either due to employer refusal, or because they have not asked for accommodation. Paying close attention to “invisible disabilities” and the impact of past discrimination, we examine workers’ decisions about whether or not to request accommodation and employers’ reactions.

Program planning: Investigating the impact of educational webinar on disability prevention and management

Presenter: Marc White, Canada

Researchers investigated knowledge uptake and action plans arising from attending one or more “research to practice” webinars concerned with disability prevention and management. Over half the attendees identified themselves as responsible for disability management. Knowledge uptake and action plans were assessed for congruence with evidence and learning themes were identified.

Session 4D Mental health: A universal asset

Presenter: Graham Halsey, UK

Mental illness has a significant financial impact on the economy not just for the headline conditions such as PTSD.  60-70% of people with common mental health problems are in employment but need support to remain in the workplace.

  Health Lift: Understanding cognitive impairment and impact on employee performance

Presenter: Karen Seward Adams, Canada

This session is to gain awareness of cognitive impairment and its impact on health outcomes. This session will discuss a new research tool used to identify cognitive impairment. Focus will be on how to support and treat cognitive impairment and role in prevention and return to work.

  Mental health: The last workplace taboo? A UK perspective

Presenter: Gemma Hope, UK

This session will present the findings of a survey of 550 employers at the end of 2017, using the same questions as surveys completed in 2006 and 2009, which showed that while more employers had policies and procedures in place to support people with mental health, the level of stigma towards disabled people with mental health conditions had increased.

Session 4E Stakeholder collaboration in the development and implementation of a behavioural activation intervention to target psychosocial risk factors for delayed recovery

Presenter: Michael Sullivan, Canada

This presentation will describe the development and implementation of a risk-targeted intervention designed to foster successful recovery of injured workers in New South Wales public hospitals.

Key stakeholders: The union representative’s role within the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP)

Presenter: Lani deHek, Canada

EDMP is a leading edge disability management program focusing on collaboration and is inclusive of employer and union representatives to support and assist ill and injured employees safely and effectively return to work. The union representative plays an integral role throughout the process and particularly with complex files.

Managing workplace accommodation in a unionized workplace environment: A workplace model

Presenter: Viki Scott, Canada

This session introduces an integrative, consensus, interest based workplace model to assist workplace parties, especially in “safety sensitive” workplace environments, with developing a successful, effective and results based workplace accommodation program for physical and psychological disabilities.

Tuesday, October 16 – Concurrent Workshops – Session 5 – 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Session 5A Injured workers returning to work: Issues and challenges

Presenter: Shakir Saad, Malaysia

This paper examines issues and challenges faced by injured workers who successfully returned to work following a case management disability program implemented by Social Security Organisation Malaysia (SOCSO). Data will be obtained through in-depth interviews of 20 workers who have returned to work to the same employer or different employer.

  Personal assistant for injured employees during the rehabilitation process: Russia’s experience

Presenter: Sergei Aleshchenko, Russia

The session will present Russia’s experience from the project Personal Rehabilitation Manager for injured people at the workplace. It will detail the rehabilitation manager’s role in retraining injured people using innovative technologies for restoring working capabilities in rehab centers under the management of the Social Insurance Fund of Russia. It will also include the project “Social Navigator”, championed to facilitate better communication between injured/disabled persons and the Social Insurance Fund so they can order or browse technical aid equipment by using an online mobile application.

Session 5B Mental traumatisation caused by violent events in the workplace: How the BGHW can help

Presenter: Kerstin Wenske, Germany

After explaining the tasks of the German statutory accident insurance and the difficulty handling occupational mental traumatisation, ​there will be explained how the BGHW tried to solve these problems.

  How to enhance return to work of burned-out employees? A qualitative study of professionals’ perspectives

Presenter: Charlotte Lambreghts, Belgium

Return to work interventions can prevent long-term work disability. The aim of this study is to explore professionals’ perceptions of return to work interventions for burned-out employees. During focus groups with professionals, several themes were discussed: diagnosis of burnout, best time to start treatment, role of different stakeholders, communication between stakeholders.

  Innovation in return to work: A coordinated interdisciplinary team approach to mental stress injuries

Presenter: Evie DoCouto, Canada

This presentation will demonstrate that the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board’s evidence-based, and customer-centric, coordinated interdisciplinary team approach for individuals who sustain a work-related mental stress injury (which brings together the worker, healthcare community, employer and our specialized workforce) leads to optimal outcomes for all parties.

Session 5C Equipping health professionals to become return-to-work coordinators in public hospitals

Presenter: Heidi, Siew Khoon Tan, Singapore

With the launch of the hospital-based RTW program in Singapore in November 2017, 28 health professionals have since been trained as return to work (RTW) coordinators. This study seeks to understand the impact of the training program in equipping health professionals with the competencies of RTW coordinators.

  Returning injured workers to work: Experience of case managers in Malaysia

Presenter: Rosmawati Mat, Malaysia

This paper discusses the challenges faced by case managers based on their experiences. Data will be collected through focus group discussions involving 25 case managers from various SOCSO offices throughout the country. Five focus groups of five case managers per group will be conducted using a semi-structured discussion guideline.

  Case management under SOCSO Return to Work Programme: The perspectives on hiring disabled workers among stakeholders

Presenter: Fatimah Zahra, Malaysia

Four case studies from “Diseases” category had been chosen for this specific purpose, to obtain the workplace perspectives on disability management at a workplace micro level. Case management approach coordinated by SOCSO case manager to help the workers through systematic planning including the comprehensive rehabilitation, and intervention from various stakeholders.

Session 5D Communication gaps within large and complex organizations and their contribution to avoidable disability days: A systems-based study

Presenter: Arif Jetha, Canada

Our study takes a systems perspective to examine return to work communication within three municipalities in Ontario which were characterized as being large and complex organizations. We uncover potential communication gaps and opportunities for intervention.

  The Disability Confident Employer Program

Presenter: Tiffany Kelly, Canada

Funded by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) will produce the pilot Disability Confident Employer Program consisting of an interactive online training of best-practices that will educate and train 50 employers, collectively, in Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick who are currently hiring persons with disabilities and recognize them as Disability Confident.

  Creating mentally healthy workplaces

Presenter: Kristin Tugman and Wendy Coduti, USA

Mental health impacts employers on many levels yet interventions and best practices can be adopted to help mitigate the costs for both employer and employee. Creating psychologically healthy workplaces can be done throughout the employment process including insurance design and structure and accommodations provided by the employer.

Session 5E Examining the link between total health, resiliency, mental health, and presenteeism

Presenter: Bill Howatt, Canada

To examine the interactions between employee total health, resiliency, engagement, and productivity and to highlight some specific actions employers can take for developing a presenteeism prevention plan.

The impact of presenteeism on health and productivity in the workplace

Presenter: Tyler Amell, Canada

Workers and workplaces today are faced with an ever increasing burden of chronic disease. This burden impacts both absenteeism and presenteeism. This presentation will provide the conference audience with a state of the art meta-analysis and synthesis of the impact of chronic disease upon presenteeism.

Workplace practices and policies to support workers with depression

Presenter: Kim Cullen, Canada

The burden associated with depression in the workplace is extensive. Workers with depression lose more productive time and have higher rates of absenteeism and job turnover than those without depression. This study provides evidence-informed workplace strategies to support individuals experiencing depression through the creation of an innovating implementation guide.