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More Evidence That Improving Employee Health Improves Productivity

From the Integrated Benefits Institute: 

"This month’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) has a new study on how changes in health risks are linked to changes in productivity outcomes. Looking at over 19,000 employees at five employers, the authors find that employees who reduced their total health behavior risks over a 12 month period—for example, by increasing exercise or improving their diet—had a lower likelihood of absence, less presenteeism, and better job performance. Improved work conditions over time—e.g., increased job satisfaction, a perceived increase in the organization’s level of support for employee well-being – was also related to reduced presenteeism that could be attributable to personal reasons such as physical and emotional health."

"IBI contributed a similar type of first-difference analysis to a previous issue of JOEM, and showed that losing weight or increasing exercise over two years was linked to reduced absences in a nationally-representative sample of working adults."

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:09 AM

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