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Well-Being, Health, and Productivity Improvement After an Employee Well-Being Intervention in Large Retail Distribution Centers

Rajaratnam, Augustine S. MS; Sears, Lindsay E. PhD; Shi, Yuyan PhD; Coberley, Carter R. PhD; Pope, James E. MD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 12 - p 1291–1296
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000349
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Objective: To evaluate changes in well-being, biometric, and productivity indicators after a well-being intervention.

Methods: Biometric and self-reported outcomes were assessed among 677 retail distribution center employees before and after a 6-month well-being intervention.

Results: Despite lower well-being at baseline compared to an independent random sample of workers, program participants' well-being, productivity, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol improved significantly after the intervention, whereas the decline in diastolic blood pressure was not significant. Moreover, participants' specific transition across well-being segments over the intervention period demonstrated more improvement than decline.

Conclusions: There is evidence that programs designed to improve well-being within a workforce can be used to significantly and positively impact employee health and productivity, which should result in reduced health care costs, improved employee productivity, and increased overall profitability.

From the Center for Health Research (Mr Rajaratnam, Drs Sears, Coberley, and Pope), Healthways, Inc, Franklin, Tenn, and Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (Dr Shi), University of California, San Diego.

Address correspondence to: Lindsay E. Sears, PhD, Center for Health Research, Healthways, Inc, 701 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067 (

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: This study was funded by Healthways, Inc, and all authors were employees and/or shareholders of this company at the time the research was conducted.

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