Objective: To examine the effects of a new multifaceted early rehabilitation program on employee well-being targeted on distressed employees in small-to-medium sized workplaces.
Methods: Fifty-two employees (92% women; age: 34 to 66 years) participated in five biweekly sessions with one follow-up day at 6 months. Rehabilitation professionals specially trained for the mindfulness method covered topics from health, nutrition, sleep, physical activity to stress management. Employees were divided by their well-being level at baseline into “healthy” and “symptomatic” groups. Main outcomes were job, mental, and physical well-being.
Results: Well-being among the symptomatic employees reached that of the healthy ones at baseline. Also, the healthy participants benefited from the program to a small degree.
Conclusions: The preliminary findings of this new program are promising although more research is needed on its effects and cost-effectiveness.
From the Rehabilitation Foundation (Dr Kuoppala), Helsinki, Finland; and Avire Oy (Dr Kekoni), Helsinki, Finland.
Address correspondence to: Jaana Kuoppala, MD, PhD, Rehabilitation Foundation, P.O. Box 39, 00411 Helsinki, Finland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This work was financed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the European Social Fund.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.