- Published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine -

Well-Being, Health, and Productivity Improvement After an Employee Well-Being Intervention in Large Retail Distribution Centers

Author(s): Augustine S. Rajaratnam, MS; Lindsay E. Sears, PhD; Yuyan Shi, PhD; Carter R. Coberley, PhD; James E. Pope, MD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental MedicineObjective: To evaluate changes in well-being, biometric, and productivity indicators after a well-being intervention.
Methods: Biometric and self-reported outcomes were assessed among 677 retail distribution center employees before and after a 6-month well-being intervention.
Results: Despite lower well-being at baseline compared to an independent random sample of workers, program participants' well-being, productivity, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol improved significantly after the intervention, whereas the decline in diastolic blood pressure was not significant. Moreover, participants' specific transition across well-being segments over the intervention period demonstrated more improvement than decline.
Conclusions: There is evidence that programs designed to improve well-being within a workforce can be used to significantly and positively impact employee health and productivity, which should result in reduced health care costs, improved employee productivity, and increased overall profitability.

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Topics: Well-Being Health Conditions Employer Populations Performance/Productivity Peer Reviewed Community Well-Being