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Employer integration of health promotion and health protection programs

Ron Z. Goetzel (Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Healthcare, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Ronald J. Ozminkowski (Consulting Economist, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Jennie Bowen (Health and Productivity Research, Thomson Healthcare, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Maryam J. Tabrizi (Health and Productivity Research, Thomson Healthcare, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to describe the evolution of an integrated approach to health and productivity management that combines the disciplines of worksite health promotion and occupational safety and health, and to offer advice on how to implement such an integrated approach.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes the form of a review of the literature, focusing on the psychological, organizational, and human capital models that must be integrated for successful health and productivity management.

Findings

The first integrated health, safety, and productivity model was presented by DeJoy and Southern in 1993. However, occupational safety and health and worksite health promotion professionals view the workplace in different ways (from psychological and public health orientations, respectively) that may result in siloed work environments. Better communication and collaboration across these disciplines is essential for success. That can be fostered by adopting a human capital framework that views the health and safety of employees as essential ingredients for a healthy and productive work force. A practical approach for successful health and productivity management uses integrated data to investigate where challenges to worker health and safety can be found. This is followed by strategic and tactical planning to address these challenges. Programs that address problems at all levels (individual, organizational, environmental) are then adopted, followed by formal, rigorous, and continuous monitoring and evaluation.

Originality/value

The concept of integrated health and productivity management is new but is now being adopted by many organizations. Worksite health promotion and occupational safety and health professionals can work together to make substantial improvements to the quality of employees' lives and the economic and social health of the organizations where they practice.

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Citation

Goetzel, R.Z., Ozminkowski, R.J., Bowen, J. and Tabrizi, M.J. (2008), "Employer integration of health promotion and health protection programs", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 109-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538350810893900

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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