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RTW: from policy to practice. Is your organisation ready for change?

contributorLauren Finestone

Implementing evidence-based interventions to improve how we care for workers is not easy. Are...

RTW: from policy to practice. How to make change happen

contributorLauren Finestone

The 'It Pays to Care' report calls for change in our work injury schemes, but recognises that...

Motivate workers by meeting their needs

contributorDanielle Mik

Injured workers will continue to struggle with motivation unless the system takes charge of...

An evidence-informed approach to motivating change

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Motivating injured workers to make positive change may become easier if you match your approach...

Let go of toxic workplace 'emotional labour' in 2019

contributorAstrid Helene Kendrick, University of Calgary

Deep acting at work could be a protective factor for employees in challenging situations, but it...

Webinar recording: Expectations Management in Vocational Rehabilitation

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

This webinar is designed to educate individuals working in the injury management space on a...

Supercharging motivation for the chronically ill

contributorRTWMatters team

Motivating messages for RTW coordinators, supervisors and HR, based on research that describes...

Webinar recording: Life Insurance - What to do when you don't have a big stick - Make carrot soup.

contributorMLC Life Insurance

Meredith Taylor, Trina Moyes and Josh Agar from MLC Life Insurance discuss innovative ways to...

Webinar recording: Cultivating happiness at work to improve RTW

contributorAlexandra Blakemore

The Happiness at Work Program, a 30-day program devised to improve personal happiness and...

Workplace Nonchalance: who cares?

contributorA. Richey

Nonchalant employees are not unhappy. They're not disgruntled. They’re people who show up day...

Webinar Recording: Engaging others early - The art of influence in return to work

contributorCarolyn Mounce

Building influence without authority and how it can support personal injury management...

The power of learned optimism

contributorScott Sanderson

How 'learned optimism' can improve return to work outcomes: Breaking down Theo Feldbrugge's...

Video webinar: Improving Return to Work Motivation with Optimism

contributorTheo Feldbrugge

Theo Feldbrugge discusses the impact of optimism / pessimism on return to work.

Emotional resilience: 2

contributorTom Barton

This second of a two-part series investigates identifying pessimistic thinking in employees, and...

Emotional resilience: 1

contributorTom Barton

This first of a two-part series investigates the negative health and work effects of pessimism,...

Stress and emotional resilience

contributorGabrielle Lis and Tom Barton

Ever wondered what RTW and sabre-toothed tigers have in common? Or why some people bounce back...

Family, colleagues great support after bad car crash

contributorHeather Millar, writer, WorkCover

After being badly injured in a car crash, family and colleagues rallied around to help Peter...

What's work got to to do with it?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Returning to work is even harder if the work itself feels meaningless. What makes a job meaningful?

Motivation - the juice, just gimme the juice.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The what, where and why of motivation, distilled to dot points.

Tired of workplace health wannabes?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Every workplace has health champions and health underdogs. Motivating the latter can be a real...

The power of storytelling

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The impact of 'patient narrative' - first-hand stories of illness and injury - shouldn't be...

Saying 'I do' to employee engagement: part 2

contributorScott Sanderson

We look at the practical measures organisations can take to encourage employees to work with...

Maintain the flame: Part 3 - Employers and job burnout

contributorScott Sanderson

What can employers do to help prevent and respond to burnout?

Maintain the flame: Part 2 - Employees and job burnout

contributorScott Sanderson

We look at how RTW Coordinators can help prevent, manage, and assist recovery from burnout

Maintain the flame: Job burnout part 1

contributorScott Sanderson

In part 1 of a 3-part series, we look at the symptoms, causes and effects of job burnout

Supervisors apathetic about RTW?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Six apathy-busting tips for when supervisors just don't seem to care about managing RTW.

Attitudes can be the biggest disabilities

contributorMary Harris

When it comes to returning people back to work, it's not just important to discuss the RTW...

Motivational interviewing and RTW Webinar

contributorRoss Iles

Motivated employees have better return to work outcomes.

Surviving Recovery

contributorElizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth draws on personal experience in this Users Guide To Maintaining a Positive Attitude on...

Retaining a top team

contributorAntonia George

How prepared are you for the fight to retain your best talent? Staff retention systems that...

Life in the slow lane

contributorElizabeth Quinn

The pace of return to activity after an accident or injury is dictated by more than just...

Teaching WorkCover claimants to sell themselves

contributorElizabeth Quinn

In pain, low in confidence, and down at heart: it can be a hard slog to get back into the...

Sunny side up

contributorRTWMatters team

What is optimism? How is it good for health? When is it wise, in professional life, to get your...

Determined to RTW

contributorHeather Millar, writer, WorkCover

A truck driver with a recurring knee injury doesn't let setbacks keep him out of the cabin in...

Signs of employee disengagement

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Advice on how to bite the signs of disengagement - before they bite you

Come on get happy!

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Want a better workplace? Get happier. Here are some pointers on how.

6 simple apathy busters

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors apathetic about RTW? You gotta bust that apathy ASAP!

What are the ingredients for success in RTW?

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Getting the right mix is never easy but hearing how other people have succeeded in return to...

Employees tough to budge on workplace health?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Dr Steve Beller says 'Joy of living' is a much more powerful motivator than 'fear of illness and...

The writing is in the book

contributorDenis Kinang

When a heroin and alcohol addiction lead you to the darkest places you've ever been, what can...