The British Institute for Employment Studies (IES) publishes a new review of
evidence assessing the effectiveness of workplace interventions to prevent and
manage common health problems.
With a focus on the three main health problems affecting the working age
population in the UK, it highlights what has been proved effective whilst also
identifying areas requiring more research. Commissioned by Health Work
Wellbeing, the report will be of interest to policy makers in the areas of
work, health, and well-being, as well as to employers and occupational health
The review summarises the following Key findings
- Interventions which included some form of employer/employee partnership,
and/or consultation, demonstrated improved results (compared to those which did
- The workplace can be an appropriate and effective setting for the prevention
of common health problems.
- It is not only the employee's health condition that is important to
consider, but also their attitudes and beliefs. Cognitive behavioural
approaches are one way of effectively addressing this aspect of health and
- Interventions should be comprehensive, addressing both individual- and
organisational-level factors. Specific interventions have also been shown to be
effective if, for example, organisational interventions are combined with a
complementary individual intervention.
- Improved communication, co-operation and common agreed goals between
employers, employees, occupational health providers and primary care
professionals can result in faster recovery, less re-occurrence of ill-health,
and less time out of work overall.
- Current attendance management practice and policy is based on convention
rather than evidence. There are lessons to be learnt through an examination of
the medical and occupational health literature, especially where this
literature makes use of work-related outcomes.
- More, and better quality, evaluations of workplace interventions are
required to fully understand the complex interactions between workplace
practices and employee health. However, there are others types of evidence
already available which should also be considered, such as more recent
individual studies, and evidence from other health areas.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Institute for employment studies