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Job Retention, Return-to-Work and Chronic Illness

June 12, 2015 - 8:30am PDT, 11:30am EDT
Recorded in June, 2015


The rapidly changing world of work calls for renewed attention to be paid to the work and health of people with a chronic condition, which not only focuses on their current employability but above all on their prolonged employability. The paradigm shift concerns the sustainable employability of workers with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Demographic challenges and the rising costs of health care are forcing companies to focus more sharply on sustainable employability strategies. Postponing retirement, qualitative and quantitative mismatches in the labour market and the need for an innovative and creative workforce are key issues.

 During this webinar, you will learn: 

  • That sustainable employability of workers with a chronic condition is more than occupational safety and health (OSH) and human resources management (HRM);
  • That self-management of people with a chronic illness is the key factor in the reintegration process;
  • That the variation in the impact on work is as great as the diversity of chronic conditions;
  • How a worker with a chronic disease (and the main actors around him/her) can effectively deal with this complex illness;
  • That the most important issue for the company and the worker alike is to adopt a methodical stepwise approach;
  • The criteria for success in vocational rehabilitation and return-to-work programmes. 

Prof. Dr. Rob Gründemann
Professor, Research Centre for Social Innovation, HU UAS Utrecht

Prof. Dr. Rob Gründemann studied Sociology at the University Utrecht (UU) and gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam on the subject of work disability. He is working for a national research organisation (TNO) and as professor in the Research Centre for Social Innovation of the HU UAS Utrecht. He has been involved in almost 20 projects at European level; recently in a project about Healthy Work for Employees with Chronic Illness. 


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