The Work Wellness Institute (WWi) Portal is a centralized website that compiles evidence-based research and resources from many different organizations and academic databases. The Portal provides a streamlined experience for individuals and organizations looking for credible information that relates to work wellness and the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.
The Portal aims to:
Link to the latest high-quality research and resources to support the creation and maintenance of safe, healthy and inclusive workplaces.
Help professionals expand their knowledge and inform decision making within the context of workplace wellness.
Provide tools and resources that are practical and actionable to support education and implementation of best practices.
Content is collected and reviewed for suitability before being published on the Portal. To be considered for inclusion on the Portal resources will initially meet the following criteria before going through a more rigorous review:
Relevant to the mission of WWi and the Portal
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Content is continually uploaded so please keep returning to access the latest research and resources in your topic area.
Some of the resources listed on the Portal is not free to access, those that are, have been labelled as ‘Open Access’.
Labour shortages in Canada are projected to reach close to two million workers by 2031, costing the Canadian economy billions in lost GDP annually. Additionally, rising rates of absenteeism, presenteeism, and turnover are now requiring employers to use innovative ways to recruit and retain a qualified labour force. Most people living with a mental health problem or illness want to work and can make important contributions to the workforce if they are adequately supported. This report presents the business case for employers to actively recruit and accommodate people living with a mental illness through an in-depth examination of the financial, social and organizational costs and benefits. The focus is on Aspiring Workers, those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness and are struggling to remain in the workplace, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness
Authors: Mental Health Commission of Canada Tags: accommodation, cost effectiveness, human resources, mental health, recruitment Type: Report Topic: Mental Health
This study conducted a cost and cost-benefit analysis of the Stand More AT (SMArT) Work workplace intervention, designed to reduce sitting time. The study was a cluster two-armed randomised controlled trial involving 37 office clusters (146 desk-based workers) in a National Health Service Trust. The intervention group received a height-adjustable workstation with supporting behaviour change strategies. The control group continued with usual practice. Self-report absenteeism, presenteeism and work productivity were assessed at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months; and organisational sickness absence records 12 months prior to, and 12 months of the intervention. Mean per employee costs associated with SMArT Work were calculated. Absenteeism, presenteeism and work productivity were estimated, and employer-recorded absence data and employee wage-banding were used to provide a human-capital-based estimate of costs to the organisation. The return-on-investment (ROI) and incremental cost-efficacy ratios (ICER) were calculated. Intervention cost was £692.40 per employee. Cost-benefit estimates show a net saving of £1770.32 (95%CI £-354.40, £3895.04) per employee as a result of productivity increase. There were no significant differences in absence data compared to the control group. SMArT Work provides supporting evidence for policy-makers and employers on the cost benefits of reducing sitting time at work.
Authors: Fehmidah Munir | Paul Miller | Stuart J.H. Biddle | Melanie J. Davies | David W. Dunstan | Dale W Esliger | Laura J. Gray | Sophie E, O\'Connell | Ghazala Waheed | Thomas Yates | Charlotte L. Edwardson Tags: cost effectiveness, workplace intervention, worker health behaviours Type: Article Topic:
This toolkit is meant to help human resources (HR) professionals and those with HR, wellness and diversity responsibilities increase accessibility and inclusiveness and address the needs of workers living with mental illness. Because recruitment, retention, and support policies and practices
affect everyone, the toolkit draws on the insights of workers with experience of mental illness as well as their co-workers and managers. It is also informed by A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers, a multidisciplinary study from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Authors: Mental Health Commission of Canada Tags: human resources, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, mental health, policy, open access Type: Tool Topic: Diversity and Inclusion
Small business owners and managers wear many hats and need to do everything, from payroll to sales. Back pain and other MSD are the biggest cause of pain and disability at work in Ontario and world-wide. The Quick Start Guide is a simple way to improve your workplace. It will improve the safety and health of your workers because work shouldn\'t hurt.
Authors: MSD Prevention Tags: disabilities, musculoskeletal disorder, occupational health and safety, open access Type: Report Topic: