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Work Productivity Webinar Recordings

These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for professionals to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic disease, chronic pain, or disability to stay at work and to return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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Christine Maheu, RN, PhD and Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C- Co-Directors of Cancer and Work
This session aims to synthesize the research to date and give practical tips that cancer survivors, health care providers and employers can use to support a cancer survivor return to work and stay at work.
December 2019
Silvia Bonaccio, PhD-Professor at the University of Ottawa
In this webinar, participants will learn evidence-based answers to many of the most common questions or concerns that employers continue to have about workers living with disabilities.
Dwayne Van Eerd, Ph.D.-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
An aging workforce can be a concern for employers. However research shows that aging is not associated with a greater risk of injury. Research suggests that workplace approaches that are fair (not ageist), flexible and support autonomy are most helpful.
October 2019
Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
Depression in the workplace is a substantial burden for all concerned, this webinar will present on current scientific and practice evidence to support employees with depression in the workplace.
May 2019
​Fergal O'Hagan, PhD​-Senior Lecturer Department of Psychology, Trent University, Canada
Working together is the key to success in return to work, but why are communication and collaboration so difficult to achieve and how can we improve the situation? Tune in to this webinar to find out.
April 2019
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, CRC-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School
This webinar provides an overview of effective workplace practices and policies known to maximize disability inclusive recruitment and hiring, resulting in a higher likelihood of successfully increasing individuals with disabilities in your workforce.
Xiuwen Sue Dong, DrPH-Data Center Director CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training
This presentation will provide updated statistics on the trends of aging workforce, fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, and general health status among older construction workers in the U.S.
February 2019
Heid Nøkleby, PhD and Kristin Vold Hjerpås-Researcher in the Division of Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Directorate
This will be a presentation of a systematic review of international research on the effects of Supported Employment, included Individual Placement and Support (IPS), supported by experiences from Norway.
Ann Marie Dale PhD-Assistant Professor of Medicine and Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Construction is dangerous with many workers suffering from injuries and illnesses, yet there are large differences in health conditions and behaviors among those working in residential versus commercial projects.
Jarna Pasanen, PhD (cand.)-Teacher, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
This webinar will discuss about the probabilities, permanence and connections between return to work (RTW), inability to work and rehabilitation after a severe occupational injury.
Kent Anger, PhD-Professor & Associate Director, Applied Research Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Director, Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center
Workplace Total Worker Health (TWH) intervention research was examined to determine how well the Hierarchy of Controls prioritization strategy was applied. The majority employed control tactics or methods classified as Educate.
October 2018
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
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Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Hear about the importance of employee health to a range of work-related outcomes beyond medical and pharmacy costs. These broader outcomes – absence, job performance, work disability – connect to operational outcomes.
June 2018
Mark Bryan PhD​ -Reader in Economics, University of Sheffield
People who lose their jobs lose their incomes. But what are the broader effects of unemployment on the wellbeing of individuals and their families?
April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
October 2017
Dwayne Van Eerd PhD and ​Ron Saunders PhD-Scientist, Institute for Work & Health​
This presentation will describe a comprehensive approach to KTE that targets worker health and safety.
September 2017
Emile Tompa, PhD-Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
In this webinar Dr. Emile Tompa presents findings from a synthesis of evidence of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of OHS regulatory enforcement measures.
Kate McCleary, MS, CHES-Institute for Health & Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Past research on workplace health promotion (WHP) programs has discovered considerable differences between the perceptions of employees and employers regarding program effects, sources of stress, and job satisfaction.
Graham Lowe -President, The Graham Lowe Group Inc.
​Successful leaders have the capacity to thrive in the face of adversity and feel confident, optimistic and hopeful about the future. These traits – which can be learned – contribute to leaders' personal well-being, and a more successful organization.
Ivan Steenstra, PhD-Manager Research & Analytics, Morneau Shepell
The workforce in Western society is ageing. A shortage of workers is predicted. Many ideas are put forward to keep older workers in the workforce but do we actually know what is effective? This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence.
Debra Dunstan, PhD-Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program at the University of New England, Armidale Australia
Managers view co-workers as having little relevance to RTW most of the time, but identify them as contributing to poor outcomes in some circumstances which are challenging to manage.
Justine Leavy PhD - Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Curtin University
Dr. Leavy discusses research on the health risks of prolonged sedentary behaviour and how sit-to-stand workstations are effective in breaking up prolonged sitting time, improving work performance and mood, and positively influencing some health outcomes.
February 2017
Carolyn Dewa, MPH, PhD -Collaborating Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Dr. Dewa will discuss recent research on the ways that mental disorders can effect work productivity, and will provide interventions to improve outcomes.
Marloes Vooijs, MSc-Doctoral Candidate, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center
Ms. Vooijs discusses a recent systematic review of ways to increase the participation workers who have a chronic disease.
Juliann C. Scholl, PhD, James Grosch, and Bermang Ortiz - National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
This webinar will advance the concept of productive aging and present evidence-based methods for facilitating an age-friendly workplace.
June 2016
Debra Lerner MS, PhD-Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Tufts Medical Center
​Dr. Debra Lerner will discuss current research on how depression in the workplace affects levels of absenteeism and presenteeism. She will also present strategies for working with employees with depression.
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March 2016
Michael Rouse, PhD & Michelle Ashworth-Associate Professor, Strategy and Organization, Ivey Business School, Western University & Senior Specialist, Health & Wellness, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial
Dr. Michael Rouse and Ms. Michelle Ashworth will discuss the key elements in effective workplace wellness programs.
March, 2015
Ann O’Sullivan, OTR/L, LSW, FAOTA-Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Ms. O’Sullivan focuses on strategies to assist employees who are members of the “sandwich generation”, those who are raising children and assisting older adult family members, to balance work and family responsibilities.
January, 2015
Wendy D. Lynch, PhD.-Director, Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care. Altarum Institute
Dr. Lynch provides a framework for a broader organizational approach to workforce health, well-being and performance.
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