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Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

A Britain's Healthiest Company summary report

Published May 22, 2015

by Marco Hafner, Christian Van Stolk, Catherine L. Saunders, Joachim Krapels, Ben Baruch

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This report aims to draw upon data collected during the 2014 Britain's Healthiest Company (BHC) competition in order to understand what drives productivity at work in the participating organisations and, in particular, to examine the relation between the health and wellbeing of staff and their resultant productivity. To understand this relationship, we look at the links between lost productivity in terms of presenteeism (being in suboptimal health at work) and absenteeism in association with a range of factors. These include:

  • Job and work environment (e.g. stress and health-promotion interventions in the workplace)
  • Personal (e.g. lifestyle risk-factors related to obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption)
  • Health and physical risks (chronic conditions and mental health).

Using regression modelling techniques we establish associations between these factors and productivity loss in the workplace and compare our results to the wider literature.

The report is aimed at policymakers and practitioners and aims to contribute to the wider debate on the link between health, wellbeing and productivity at work.

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