Research Updates

Research

This page lists all research updates available on Return to Work Matters.

Research is chosen for review based on quality of the evidence and its practical value in return to work.

Requests to undertake reviews of research on particular subjects are welcome.

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The talking heart of RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

What kinds of communication skills do supervisors need to support injured workers?

Supervisors and the bureaucracy of RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

In order to support RTW, supervisors must understand injury management systems and processes. But ticking the boxes is not their most important role...

Flexible workers or flexible work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Choice and control is good for worker health, according to a review of the research on workplace flexibility.

Popularity contest

contributorRTWMatters team

Rehabilitation professionals see the personal qualities of supervisors (e.g. honesty, fairness and diplomacy) as vital RTW offerings. Is emotional intelligence key?

Work hours = health risk?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Working more than 39 hours per week negatively impacts mental health; as do very short working hours. Generally, women have a lower threshold than men.

Research reveals top ten supervisor skills for RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

Honesty, respect for privacy, job knowledge and tough love all make the list of supervisor skills that promote return to work, as rated by rehabilitation professionals. What tops it?

Support or confrontation?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors discuss whether support is enough to keep workers with MSDs at work, or whether a confrontational approach is sometimes necessary.

Rethinking injury and unfairness

contributorGabrielle Lis

Why do some people focus on the injustice of their injury while others move on with equanimity? Researchers have uncovered strong relationships between perceptions of injustice, feeling that...

Profile: Supervisors who support modified duties

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors who show concern and respect for workers, who have the autonomy to make decisions about job modifications, and who rate their organisation highly in terms of disability management are...

What helps depressed workers stay at work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace interventions, CBT and stretching can all reduce sick leave amongst workers with depression - but other interventions are less successful.

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