What the study found
There is a clear relationship between health status and work performance, with 18% difference in work performance observed between individuals in the bottom quarter of health status as compared with those in the top quarter.
Exposing a group of volunteers to a health programme led to a 29% reduction in the proportion of individuals with "high risk" health status and a concurrent 19% increase in "low risk" status.
Intervention led to a significant improvement in self-rated work performance over the study period.
Analysis of results shows the intervention was the most highly significant and strongest predictor of both change in health status and change in work performance. Age and income had no appreciable bearing on the likelihood of change in these areas.
Single men were the least likely group to change health-related behaviour over the 12-month study period.
(i) stress management
(ii) pain management and
are the main areas driving change in health status and the consequent observed improvements in work performance.
A conservative estimate of business benefits derived from the improvements in health status and work performance indicate a likely annual return on investment from such a programme to be £3.73 for every £1 spent.
The health and performance research study, carried out by corporate health management company vielife and the US-based employers' forum the Institute of Health and Productivity, was conceived with three main objectives:
(i) investigate the link between employee health status and productivity
(ii) investigate whether multi-component health promotion programmes can positively impact on employee productivity and
(iii) generate robust UK-centric health and performance management data to strengthen the argument