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ERIC Number: EJ1058332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Impact of School Staff Health on Work Productivity in Secondary Schools in Massachusetts
Alker, Heather J.; Wang, Monica L.; Pbert, Lori; Thorsen, Nancy; Lemon, Stephenie C.
Journal of School Health, v85 n6 p398-404 Jun 2015
Background: Healthy, productive employees are an integral part of school health programs. There have been few assessments of work productivity among secondary school staff. This study describes the frequency of 3 common health risk factors--obesity, depressive symptoms, and smoking--and their impact on work productivity in secondary school employees. Methods: Employees of secondary schools in Massachusetts (N?=?630) participated in a longitudinal weight gain prevention intervention study. Assessment completed at baseline, 1-year and 2-year follow-up included survey assessments of health risk factors as well as measurements for height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). The survey also included a depression inventory and Work Limitations Questionnaire. Data analysis included multivariate mixed effect models to identify productivity differences in relation to BMI, depressive symptoms, and smoking in this population stratified by position type (teacher and other school staff). Results: The sample included 361 teachers and 269 other school staff. Obesity, depressive symptoms, and smoking were significantly associated with work productivity, including workdays missed because of health concerns (absenteeism) and decreases in on-the-job productivity because of health concerns (presenteeism). Conclusions:Three common health conditions, namely obesity, depressive symptoms, and smoking, adversely affect the productivity of high school employees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (NIH); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R01 CA132941|U48 DP001933