Wellbeing and productivity in Britain

Dr. Kimberly Jinnett
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Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace is a recent RAND report that uses data collected from the Britain’s Healthiest Company competition to investigate connections between lost productivity at work at a range of personal and environmental factors. Researchers investigated job and work environment, personal health and physical risks in relation to absenteeism and presenteeism (attending work while sick). Because absence tends to be measured in many organization and presenteeism does not, several conditions that are more associated with presenteeism, such as sleeping problems, can tend to go unaddressed. In addition to a variety of conditions and health risks, social relationships were also found to be related to productivity. Organizations need to understand what is driving work impairment in their own organizations and ensure the culture of the organization supports worker health and wellbeing throughout the organization.

Read the report: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1084.html