Objective: Although current assessments of health-related productivity loss (HRPL) are useful for some jobs, an alternate approach is suggested for certain types of jobs, such as managerial or knowledge workers. A decision approach is also needed to determine which methodology to use.
Method: The authors applied some established human performance theories to modify HRPL measurement methodology to improve the HRPL cost estimates.
Results: A model is proposed to aid decision-making on whether to use current HRPL measures or apply a multi-method approach that involves using a hybrid of current and new methodologies. A decision framework for determining which HRPL methods to use with different jobs is included.
Conclusions: HRPL measurement precision may be improved by incorporating additional approaches to obtain more accurate calculations of ROI.