To assess how health risk change influences concurrent and subsequent change in absenteeism and presenteeism.
A retrospective, longitudinal study design analyzed repeated health assessment survey data using maximum likelihood structural equation modeling.
A statistically significant relationship was detected between self-reported health risks at one point in time and lower productivity (absenteeism and presenteeism) at the same point in time as well as a longitudinal effect of increasing risks at one point in time associated with decreased productivity at subsequent measurement periods.
Health is a predictor of productivity, and the benefits of improved health on improved productivity are cumulative over time.
From Verity Analytics (Dr Grossmeier), San Jose, CA; Mangen Research Associates, Inc (Dr Mangen), Mound; and StayWell (Dr Terry and Ms Haglund-Howieson), St. Paul, Minn.
Address correspondence to: Laura Haglund-Howieson, MBA, Senior Research Analyst, StayWell, 3000 Ames Crossing Rd, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55121 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding for this study was provided by StayWell, a national provider of population health management services.
Dr Grossmeier was an employee of StayWell while the study was being conducted and for a portion of time during manuscript preparation.
Authors Grossmeier, Mangen, Terry, and Haglund-Howieson have no relationships/conditons/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.
The JOEM editorial board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.