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Learning experiences in return-to-work among workplace actors
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7266-7865
Linköpings Universitet, Sweden.
Mittuniversitetet, Sweden.
Linköpings universitet, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Disability Management, ISSN 1833-8550, Vol. 10, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The objective of this article was to investigate how individual learning emerges among workplace actors during the return-to-work process, and whether the prerequisites for collective learning at the workplace are present and managed by the actors. Learning in this context is viewed as a change in the preconceptions, experience or competence of the individual as a result of interactions in the workplace due to the return-to-work process. Method: A qualitative method was used, consisting of open-ended interviews with 19 individuals across 11 workplaces in the public and private sector. Inductive content analysis was performed. Results: The key findings from this study are that individual learning emerges in the returnto-work process due to previous experience, communication with other workplace actors, or insights into what works for the individual. However, the individual learning that occurs in the return-to-work process is not carried over into workplace learning due to barriers in understanding the needs and opportunities that may be present in the process. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that individual learning occurs within social practices through social interaction between the actors involved (workers on sickness absence supervisors and colleagues) and individual experiences. A greater knowledge of the factors that contribute to workplace learning could facilitate biopsychosocial and ecological return-to-work interventions, which allow workplace actors to draw on previous experiences from one return-to-work process to another.

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2015. Vol. 10, 1-8 p.
Keyword [en]
learning, return to work
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Health Sciences
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Working Life Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30706DOI: 10.1017/idm.2015.1Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939202234OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-30706DiVA: diva2:893792
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-02-24Bibliographically approved

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