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Promising Practices in Employer Health and Productivity Management Efforts: Findings From a Benchmarking Study

Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Shechter, David PhD; Ozminkowski, Ronald J. PhD; Marmet, Paula F. MS, RD; Tabrizi, Maryam J. MS, CHES; Roemer, Enid Chung PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 2 - p 111-130
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31802ec6a3
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Objective: To identify key success factors related to employer-based health and productivity management (HPM) programs.

Methods: Data regarding promising practices in HPM were gathered via literature review, discussions with subject matter experts, online inventory, and site visits.

Results: Promising practices in HPM include 1) integrating HPM programs into the organization’s operations; 2) simultaneously addressing individual, environmental, policy, and cultural factors affecting health and productivity; 3) targeting several health issues; 4) tailoring programs to address specific needs; 5) attaining high participation; 6) rigorously evaluating programs; and 7) communicating successful outcomes to key stakeholders.

Conclusion: Increased efforts should be directed at disseminating the experiences of promising practices. However, more research is needed in this area, so that additional public and private funding is made available for applied research in “real-life” business settings. Finally, employers should be provided effective tools and resources to support their HPM efforts.

From the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (Drs Goetzel and Ozminkowski), Cornell University; Health and Productivity Research (Drs Goetzel, Shechter, Ozminkowski and Tabrizi), Thomson Medstat; National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Office of Health Promotion (Dr Marmet), Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Cornell University, Institute for Policy Research (Dr Roemer), Cornell University.

Ron Z. Goetzel has no commercial interested related to this article.

Address correspondence to: Ron Z. Goetzel PhD, Vice President, Health and Productivity Research, Thomson Medstat, Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Cornell University, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, Suite 330, Washington, DC 20008. E-mail:

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