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Health Promot Pract. 2013 Nov;14(6):876-84. doi: 10.1177/1524839912472504. Epub 2013 Jan 23.

Motivating factors for small and midsized businesses to implement worksite health promotion.

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1Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study explores the decision-making process, including motivating factors, for small and midsized businesses in the Midwest to implement health promotion initiatives.

METHOD:

This a replication of a study conducted in the Pacific Northwest. Semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted with key informants from 12 Midwestern metropolitan employers with fewer than 1,000 employees. Informants were interviewed regarding their companies' policies and practices around workplace health promotion programming adoption and valuation.

RESULTS:

Workplace health promotion adoption at these small and midsized businesses was motivated by three goals: to lower health care costs, to address human relations objectives, and to improve productivity. Low upfront cost was the most frequently considered criterion in choosing which workplace health promotion program to offer. Barriers to implementation included lack of employee buy-in, prohibitive costs, and personnel or time constraints. Aids to implementation included employee buy-in and affordability.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggests that cost considerations predominate in the workplace health promotion decision-making process at small to midsized businesses. Furthermore, employee buy-in cannot be underestimated as a factor in successful program implementation or longevity. Employees, along with executives and human resources management, must be appropriately targeted by health promotion practitioners in workplace health promotion efforts.

KEYWORDS:

business partnerships; health promotion; partnerships/coalitions; worksite safety and health

PMID:
23345340
DOI:
10.1177/1524839912472504
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