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Job retention and return to work of ill and injured workers: Towards an understanding of the organisational dynamics

James, Philip and Cunningham, Ian and Dibben, Pauline (2006) Job retention and return to work of ill and injured workers: Towards an understanding of the organisational dynamics. Employee Relations, 28 (3). pp. 290-303. ISSN 0142-5455

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to put forward a conceptual framework which details the policies and practices that can potentially contribute to the effective management of long-term absences, and hence the return to work and retention of ill and injured workers, and considers how far UK employers currently do have in place management arrangements which accord with those detailed in this framework. The research evidence reviewed lent a good deal of support to the propositions put forward in the conceptual framework as to the processes and practices that are central to the development of effective workplace rehabilitation programmes, as well as the internal and external factors that potentially influence the adoption and operation of them. It also indicated that there is a good deal of scope for employers to do far more to support the continued employment of ill, injured and disabled workers, particularly in smaller organisations.