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Project 4: Feasibility & Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Standard as an Intervention

Project timeline: 2018 to 2022

As the first step to an intervention study is to determine the achievability of the intervention, we will first undertake a feasibility study with two worksites to understand the feasibility, impacts, and cost-benefit analysis of implementing the Standard and associated tools, as written. The feasibility study will be undertaken in two stages. The first stage will involve two focus groups (6-7 participants) organized in each worksite: (1) one with CEs, and; (2) one with supervisors/managers/human resources personnel. The second stage will entail the actual implementation of the Standard, and associated tools, as written, as interventions in the workplaces concerned. This process will require standardized training of HR personnel and employees on the content of the Standard, its Implementation Guide, and various additional KM tools. Longitudinal survey data capturing health (mental and physical), quality of life, and work satisfaction outcomes will be collected three times from both CEs and HR personnel (onset, middle and end of intervention) across a 12 month period. This will be followed by retrospective qualitative interviews with participants to inquire about the impact of the Standard and associated tools, as written, on the workplace (i.e. culture change, collegiality, economic costs and benefits, etc.), and their own work-life balance.  Data will be analyzed and triangulated.

Partners

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Habanero Consulting Inc.

Co-Investigators

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Co-Investigators, Gender, Health and Carer-Friendly Workplaces, Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant

Dr. Linda Duxbury

PhD.

Professor, School of Business, Carlton University

Co-Investigators, Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant, Project #2, Project #4

Dr. Jenny Ploeg

PhD.

Professor, School of Nursing

Co-Investigators, Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant, Project #4

Dr. Amir Gafni

PhD.

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Co-Investigators, Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant, Project #4

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid

PhD.

Professor, School of Nursing

Trainees

regina ding

Gender, Health and Carer-Friendly Workplaces, Trainees

Regina Ding

PhD Candidate

School of Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University

Expandable List

Ding, R., Dardas, A., Wang, L., & Williams, A. (2020). Improving the Workplace Experience of Caregiver-Employees: A Time Series Analysis of a Workplace Intervention. Safety and Health at Work.

Ding, R., Dardas, A., Wang, L., & Williams, A. (2020). Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees: A Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62(10), e548.

Expandable List

Ding, R. & Williams, A, “Working carers during COVID-19: How an environmental scan in a large Canadian firm informs adaption to a new reality”. (Sheffield UK), Sustainable Care Conference.

Williams, A & Ding, R. “Helping Your Business, While Helping Your Employees who also Provide Family Care”. Oral Presentation.  Public Services Health & Safety Association Return to the Workplace (RTWp) Conference. Virtual Event.