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Keeping the Boom(ers) in the Labour Market: Can Existing Workplace Policies and Accommodations make a Difference?

June 8, 2016 at 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Recorded in June 8, 2016


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The aging of workforces in many developed countries has generated concerns about worker shortages and lost expertise.

To manage this, many employers are looking for ways to retain older workers. However, there are also concerns that, with age, there is a greater likelihood of chronic diseases, activity limitations, and injuries. This has made some employers apprehensive about whether increases in the number of workers with chronic conditions will lead to increased accommodation needs and costs.

Understanding accommodation use is critical for employers who want to retain older workers and who desire information about the potential value of current workplace practices. This talk will discuss new research on accommodation needs and use, as well as health and employment outcomes in a sample of 1,566 Canadian workers aged 50-67 years living with arthritis and/or diabetes and compared to workers with no chronic conditions.

You will learn:

  1. About the kinds of challenges that are faced by people living with chronic conditions like arthritis and diabetes in the workplace.
  2. What kinds of policies and practices (i.e., accommodations) are needed and used most frequently by older workers with and without chronic diseases
  3. Whether having accommodation needs met, unmet or exceeded are associated with different health and job outcomes


Monique Gignac, PhD

Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health

Dr. Monique Gignac is the Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gignac’s research examines health models of disability, stress, coping and adaptation and their importance in understanding the impact of chronic, disabling health conditions in the lives of adults across the life course, particularly participation in employment.


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