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Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes

Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes Key PointsQuestionWhat is the effect of a multicomponent workplace wellness program on health and economic outcomes? FindingsIn this cluster randomized trial involving 32 974 employees at a large US warehouse retail company, worksites with the wellness program had an 8.3-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported engaging in regular exercise and a 13.6-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported actively managing their weight, but there were no significant differences in other self-reported health and behaviors; clinical markers of health; health care spending or utilization; or absenteeism, tenure, or job performance after 18 months. MeaningEmployees exposed to a workplace wellness program reported significantly greater rates of some positive health behaviors compared with those who were not exposed, but there were no significant effects on clinical measures of health, health care spending and utilization, or employment outcomes after 18 months. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes

JAMA , Volume 321 (15) – Apr 16, 2019

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2019 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2019.3307
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhat is the effect of a multicomponent workplace wellness program on health and economic outcomes? FindingsIn this cluster randomized trial involving 32 974 employees at a large US warehouse retail company, worksites with the wellness program had an 8.3-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported engaging in regular exercise and a 13.6-percentage point higher rate of employees who reported actively managing their weight, but there were no significant differences in other self-reported health and behaviors; clinical markers of health; health care spending or utilization; or absenteeism, tenure, or job performance after 18 months. MeaningEmployees exposed to a workplace wellness program reported significantly greater rates of some positive health behaviors compared with those who were not exposed, but there were no significant effects on clinical measures of health, health care spending and utilization, or employment outcomes after 18 months.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 16, 2019

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