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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Dec;52(12):1206-11. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fd276a.

The cumulative impact and associated costs of multiple health conditions on employee productivity.

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Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigates and provides comparative data on the relative contributions of multiple physical and psychological health conditions on work productivity.

METHODS:

A total of 667 employees from the headquarters office of a multinational consumer goods manufacturing firm in Germany completed a purpose-designed self-report questionnaire addressing the presence of 13 common health conditions, and associated absenteeism and presenteeism. Adjustments for comorbidity and self-report bias were made using an innovative approach.

RESULTS:

A total of 34.8% of participants experienced absenteeism and 78.4% experienced presenteeism for at least one health condition. The overall annualized productivity loss due to the 13 health conditions was more than 27 days, equating to 12.3% of employee capacity and about &OV0556;8.78 million for the 1298 persons employed at the site.

CONCLUSIONS:

The combined effects of multiple health conditions on productivity account for a significant proportion of total employee costs.

PMID:
21124241
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fd276a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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