The savings were even greater for employees who successfully improved their health or lowered health risk in at least one area. For a typical employee, the gain in productive time amounted to about 0.5 percent.
Effective health promotion programs lead to savings in medical and absenteeism costs. The new results “add to the growing body of evidence that investing in a healthy workforce can help to increase productivity levels of employees,” Ms. Mitchell and coauthors conclude. However, they add, “It takes time and commitment for program participation to yield success.”
Citation — Mitchell RJ, Ozminkowski RJ, Serxner S. Improving employee productivity through improved health. J Occup Environ Med. 2013;55(10):1142–8.
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