Productivity and health: an application of three perspectives to measuring productivity

J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jan;53(1):55-61. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182029110.


Objective: The objective of the study was to illustrate the meaningful relationship between self-reported measures of productivity and health status from three different perspectives.

Methods: Health risk data was drawn from 577,186 individuals who completed the HealthMedia Succeed Health Risk Assessment and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment questionnaire over a span of nearly four years. Analyses were conducted for 10 modifiable health risks and five chronic conditions.

Results: Productivity impairment was greater for high-risk participants for the modifiable health risks and those who had been diagnosed with a chronic condition. Improvements in health status led to significant gains in productivity. Modifiable health risks are nearly five times more costly than chronic conditions.

Conclusions: The value in a self-report measurement approach to productivity was demonstrated by illustrating the meaningful relationships between health status and productivity as measured by the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Chronic Disease
  • Efficiency*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Smoking
  • Young Adult