Social Factors Affecting Callum's Return To Work

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Introduction Callum is a university campus janitor who is absent from work for personal and health-related reasons. There are social, physical, institutional, and cultural factors that will affect his return to work if they are not addressed. These factors will be discussed in the following paragraphs.

Social There are two social factors within the workplace that will impact Callum’s ability to return to work. The first factor is his perception of the relationship he has with his co-workers. Callum feels that his co-workers do not like him, that they take advantage of him, and that he is not appreciated for the good work he does. As a result, his mental health is in decline. Employees who feel valued at work are more committed to the job
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The first factor is the institution’s inability to accommodate for Callum. This affects his return to work because he will not be able to return to work doing transitional duties or alternative work. However, Callum’s manager must comply with the Duty to Accommodate, regardless of his disability status or family circumstances (Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2013). If it would cause financial hardship to accommodate Callum, then a solution would be allowing him to recover fully so he can get back to work and resume regular job duties. The second factor is the lack of importance placed on communication between stakeholders during the return to work process. It is important that all stakeholders involved are communicating with each other, including the managers and employees (Dyck, 2017). These conversations between managers and employees are particularly helpful because encourage the employee to feel motivated and optimistic about returning to work (CITE). Since Callum’s manager is not expecting to reach out to him, it may have a negative impact on his intentions of returning to work. Encouraging his manager to follow-up and keep in contact with Callum during his leave is one way this issue can be…show more content…
Many cultures do not believe in putting their parents into nursing care and feel they must take the responsibility of being the primary caregivers themselves (Ziemba, 2002). This may be something Callum believes as well and would explain why his father lives with him. In addition, his mother’s side of the family has a culture rooted in strict religious beliefs and do not approve of his father, or help take care of him. In turn, this puts a greater burden on Callum as the primary caregiver. Because of this added responsibility, Callum may be reluctant to go back to work, as it some caregivers feel that work is too much added stress (Ziemba, 2002). One solution to help relieve any pressure feels is offering counselling services through an Employee Assistance Program. Callum would benefit from counselling in work-life balance to juggle his responsibilities at home and his responsibilities at work (Dyck, 2017).

Conclusion To conclude, there are multiple factors that will affect Callum’s return to work, including the relationship he has with his coworkers, his lack of social ties, his wrist sprain and his physical job duties, issues with accommodation, and he responsibility he has taking care of his father. However, it is important to note that all of the solutions presented must all be implemented to mitigate these factors to

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