The influence of organizational factors on return-to-work outcomes

Michele Caveen, Carolyn S Dewa, Paula Goering

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This study explores the types of company policies and benefits that are associated with variations in return to work for workers with depression-related disability. Three financial institutions essentially following the same regulations and with a similar rate of depression-related short-term disability experienced some striking differences in their return-to-work outcomes. This mixed method study seeks to understand differences in the work environments and more specifically in disability management practices, and reflects on how these differences might have contributed to variations in return to work. Five themes emerged during the analysis of the qualitative data: (a) changing work environment, (b) leadership with respect to disability, (c) supportive managers, (d) accountability, and (e) cross-functional coordination. The similarities and differences among the three companies with respect to these themes help increase our understanding of the differences in the return-to-work outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-142
Number of pages22
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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