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    IGLOO : an integrated framework for sustainable return to work in workers with common mental health disorders

    Nielsen, K. and Yarker, Jo and Munir, F. and Bultmann, U. (2018) IGLOO : an integrated framework for sustainable return to work in workers with common mental health disorders. Work and Stress 32 (4), pp. 400-419. ISSN 0267-8373.

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    Current research on return to work (RTW) for employees with common mental disorders suffers from two limitations. First, research mostly focuses on the influence of resources during the absence period ignoring the resources which may facilitate sustainable RTW, i.e. employees continuing to work and thrive at work post-return. Second, research tends to view the work and non-work domains separately and fails to consider the interaction of resources at the individual, group, leader and organisational levels, once back at work. In the present position paper, we present an integrated framework and a preliminary definition of sustainable RTW. Based on current occupational health psychology theory and existing research on RTW, we develop ten propositions for the resources in and outside work, which may promote sustainable RTW. In addition to the individual, group, leader, and organisational levels, we also argue for the importance of the overarching context, i.e. the societal context and the culture and legislation that may promote sustainable RTW. Our framework raises new questions that need to be addressed to enhance our understanding of how key stakeholders can support employees with common mental health disorders staying and thriving at work.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research Leicester Biomedical Research Centre.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sustainable return to work, conservation of resources, integrated framework, resources, mental health, common mental disorders
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 16:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:52


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