Research Updates

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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Workplace conflict — a big risk factor for sick leave

contributorLauren Finestone

A new study found that conflicts in the workplace — particularly with supervisors — are an...

The high cost of losing value at work

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervisors need to recognise that workers who feel socially devalued at work suffer health and...

What hurts worse, trauma or workplace insensitivity?

contributorGabrielle Lis

For ambulance workers, mental health issues result not just from exposure to traumatic events,...

And the support goes to…?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supportive employers see more RTW. Now Australian research has identified what influences the...

Worker perspectives on back pain, heavy manual labour and sickness absence

contributorRTWMatters team

Danish researchers conclude that ergonomics training can cause confusion and stress, while...

Protective powers of supervisor safety support

contributorGabrielle Lis

Worker survey says supervisors act as a safety net when other aspects of the working environment...

Supervisors who react with support can help injured workers return to the job

contributorInstitute for Work and Health

Study examining return to work and social support finds importance of supervisors’ first...

Supervisor training wasted without support from the top?

contributorRTWMatters team

Before your organisation invests in supervisor training, ask whether the organisational culture...

Supervisors reveal anxieties about mental health

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervisors describe mental health-related work absences as unpredictable and worrisome. How...

Super Support

contributorRTWMatters team

Experienced supervisors list ten ways they understand and support injured workers

Work Versus Return to Work?

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervisors say that balancing competing demands is an integral part of supporting RTW

Supervisors know RTW is a team sport

contributorRTWMatters team

What competencies do supervisors think they need to manage the impact of RTW on teams and coworkers?

Supervisor self-care

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervising RTW can be challenging, both emotionally and professionally. What supports are...

The downside of accommodation

contributorGabrielle Lis

A look at the challenges faced by supervisors obliged to oversee modified duties in a workplace...

Back to basics: RTW plans

contributorRTWMatters team

What aspects of RTW planning are the most important, according to supervisors and rehabilitation...

Supervisors and the bureaucracy of RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

In order to support RTW, supervisors must understand injury management systems and processes....

Popularity contest

contributorRTWMatters team

Rehabilitation professionals see the personal qualities of supervisors (e.g. honesty, fairness...

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...

Support or confrontation?

contributorGabrielle Lis

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

Profile: Supervisors who support modified duties

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors who show concern and respect for workers, who have the autonomy to make decisions...

Is RTW training for supervisors worth it?

contributorHilary Hoare

Training gives supervisors clarity and confidence; and clear, confident supervisors support RTW.

The super-view of super-RTW

contributorJoy Hewitt

What do supervisors think about multidisciplinary vocational rehabilitation programs?