Demographic Change and Private Sector Disability Management in Australia, Canada, China and Switzerland: A comparative Study

ILO in Asia and the Pacific
What factors influence a private company’s choice to implement a Disability Management Program and what are the perceived benefits/drawbacks of such a program?

Summary

Prosperity and welfare in modern societies are highly dependent on educated and qualified workers. In recent years, demographic change and increasing shortage of qualified workers have presented new challenges for both developed and developing economies. Strategies to face these challenges include increased company activity to retain internal labour markets. Disability management (DM) has been established world-wide as a valuable approach not only to improve return-to-work programmes and thereby retaining employees but also to improve working conditions and organisational development.

Particularly, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Forum for Disability Management (IFDM), see DM as crucial to supporting workers whose employment is threatened by illness or accident, and bringing people back to work. However, despite the widespread adoption of DM, comparative international research among private companies in this area is minimal. There is an urgent need to improve knowledge about the implementation and impact of DM in private companies in order to ensure the ongoing development of practice. Australia, Canada, China and Switzerland were chosen in order to ensure heterogeneous sample that will allow analysis of the impact of different welfare systems.

Keywords

  • Disability management
  • Workplace integration
  • Business
  • Demographic change
  • Welfare state
  • Private companies
  • Shortage of qualified worker

Disciplines

  • Business
  • Education
  • Health / Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Collaborations

International Organizations

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Relevant Countries

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Switzerland

Status

This project, started in 2013, has been completed.

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Research team

Thomas Geisen
Coordinator
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Henry G. Harder
Co-Coordinator
University of Northern British Columbia

Benedikt Hassler
Principal Member
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Buys Nicholas
Principal Member
Griffith University

Guy Ochsenbein
Principal Member
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Christine Randall
Principal Member
Griffith University

Liz Scott
Principal Member
Organizational Solutions Inc.

Shannon L. Wagner
Principal Member
University of Northern British Columbia

Ignatius Tak-Sun Yu
Principal Member
Other

Karen Yu Ling Lo-Hui
Principal Member
Other