Factors of job retention in employees with mental disorders In a 3-year cooperation project (from October 2013 to September 2016) with a Swiss insurance company, we examine factors that influence the job retention of employees with psychological disorders. The study follows a quasi-experimental longitudinal design and is based on survey data from different sources: the employees with mental disorder, the employer, and a person from the social network of the employee. The main objective of the study consists in the development of recommendations for the design and advancement of early intervention measures that can be offered by insurance companies. Situation The number of disability pensions due to mental disorders of employees has increased in recent decades in Switzerland, as in most other industrialized countries. This increase which is contrary to generally decreasing new disability pensions since 2003, is a major challenge due to strongly increasing costs. To tackle this problem, preventive measures have been taken by insurance companies to retain the jobs of employees with psychological illnesses. Since passing the 6th revision of disability pension regulation the goal is: "Integration before pension". Research questions and objectives Already today our project partner offers numerous integration measures to maintain the workplace of employees with mental illnesses and to reintegrate people who receive disability pensions into the labor market. Our research project pursues two objectives. First, the study aims to identify success factors leading to the job retention of people with psychological illnesses (e.g., reduction of conflicts between work and family, support of the manager). Second, the findings of this study are intended to support the design and advancement of early intervention measures that can be offered by insurance companies and employers. Study design The project follows a quasi-experimental design for the course of three years. Questionnaire data will be collected from the employees, the employer, and people from the social network of the employee at different points of time. In addition, we will collect objective data such as actual job loss or retention to evaluate various measures. In addition, we will provide a randomly assigned number of the participants with interventions (training of managers). In order to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions, we will compare the intervention group with a randomly assigned control group. Current state Currently we are working on the conceptual and organizational detailed planning of the project. Furthermore, we already conducted an empirical preliminary study. Project partners In this project we mainly cooperate with a large Swiss insurance company. Project team Stephan Böhm, David Dwertmann.