02/09/2009

Report on the effectiveness and economic benefits of workplace health promotion and prevention

A new report - published by th Initiative for Health and Work - concludes that
there is consensus in recent scientific literature on the fact that
interventions of workplace health promotion and prevention make an important
contribution to the preservation of employees health. They can reduce health
risks, decrease the prevalence of illnesses as well as promote health-conscious
behaviour. There is also consensus about the fact that workplace health
promotion pays off for companies by reducing medical costs and decreasing
sickness absenteeism from work.

The report summarises:

As is known, the strategic and methodical aim of workplace health promotion and
prevention is to improve the health and well-being of employees and to prevent
work-related disorders. When making a differentiated analysis of different
groups of interventions, it becomes clear that the evidence of effectiveness is
more convincing in some fields of intervention than in others. Thus, the
reviews also reveal where the research on workplace health promotion and
prevention is lacking and so provide valuable information for future study in
this field.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work