- Published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine -

Well-Being Improvement in a Mid-Size Employer: Changes in Well-Being, Productivity, Health Risk and Perceived Employer Support after Implementation of a Well-Being Improvement Strategy

Author(s): G. Brent Hamar, DDS, MPH; Carter R. Coberley, PhD; James E. Pope, MD; and Elizabeth Rula, PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental MedicineObjective: To evaluate employee well-being change and associated change in productivity, health risk including biometrics, and workplace support over two years after implementation of a well-being improvement strategy.

Methods: Case study evaluation of well-being, productivity (presenteeism, absenteeism and job performance), health risk, and employer support across three measurements spanning two years. Employer well-being was compared to an independent sample of workers in the community.

Results: Well-being and job performance increased and presenteeism and health risk decreased significantly over the two years. Employee well-being started lower and increased to exceed community worker averages, approaching significance. Well-being improvement was associated with higher productivity across all measures. Increases in employer support for well-being were associated with improved well-being and productivity.

Conclusions: This employer’s well-being strategy, including a culture supporting well-being, was associated with improved health and productivity.

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