ERIC Number: EJ1080991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Successful Weight Loss in an Internet-Based Worksite Weight Loss Program Improve Employee Presenteeism and Absenteeism?
Harden, Samantha M.; You, Wen; Almeida, Fabio A.; Hill, Jennie L.; Linnan, Laura A.; Allen, Kacie C.; Estabrooks, Paul A.
Health Education & Behavior, v42 n6 p769-774 Dec 2015
Certain risk factors associated with overweight and obesity may lead to reduced productivity in the workforce (i.e., increased absenteeism and presenteeism). Participants in a large, Internet-based worksite weight loss intervention, who were present at follow-up (N = 1,030), completed a self-reported productivity measure (World Health Organization's Health and Work Performance Questionnaire) at baseline and postintervention. Twenty-two percent of the participants lost a clinically meaningful amount of weight (=5% weight loss). There were no statistically significant (p < 0.05) relationships between weight change from baseline to 12 months and change scores of absolute or relative absenteeism or for absolute or relative presenteeism. Within a modestly successful Internet-based, worksite weight loss intervention, weight loss did not improve self-reported absenteeism or presenteeism. Further studies are needed to explore the sensitivity of the World Health Organization's Health and Work Performance Questionnaire and the long-term effects of weight loss on productivity.
Descriptors: Body Weight, At Risk Persons, Obesity, Productivity, Workplace Learning, Intervention, Internet, Online Courses, Web Based Instruction, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis, Attendance Patterns, Questionnaires, Employees, Computation, Scores, Individual Characteristics
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Sponsor: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (NIH)
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