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Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

, 29:17

First Online: 12 June 2017Received: 07 March 2017Accepted: 24 May 2017DOI: 10.1186-s40557-017-0172-1

Cite this article as: Howarth, A., Quesada, J. & Mills, P.R. Ann of Occup and Environ Med 2017 29: 17. doi:10.1186-s40557-017-0172-1

Abstract

BackgroundHealth risk assessments HRA are used by many organisations as a basis for developing relevant and targeted employee health and well-being interventions. However, many HRA’s have a western-centric focus and therefore it is unclear whether the results can be directly extrapolated to those from non-western countries. More information regarding the differences in the associations between country status and health risks is needed along with a more global perspective of employee health risk factors and well-being overall. Therefore we aimed to i quantify and compare associations for a number of health risk factors based on country status, and then ii explore which characteristics can aid better prediction of well-being levels and in turn workplace productivity globally.

MethodsOnline employee HRA data collected from 254 multi-national companies, for the years 2013 through 2016 was analysed n = 117,274. Multiple linear regression models were fitted, adjusting for age and gender, to quantify associations between country status and health risk factors. Separate regression models were used to assess the prediction of well-being measures related to productivity.

ResultsOn average, the developing countries were comprised of younger individuals with lower obesity rates and markedly higher job satisfaction compared to their developed country counterparts. However, they also reported higher levels of anxiety and depression, a greater number of health risks and lower job effectiveness. Assessment of key factors related to productivity found that region of residency was the biggest predictor of presenteeism and poor pain management was the biggest predictor of absenteeism.

ConclusionsClear differences in health risks exist between employees from developed and developing countries and these should be considered when addressing well-being and productivity in the global workforce.

KeywordsEmployee well-being Health risk assessment Workforce productivity Health risk profiling Presenteeism Absenteeism AbbreviationsBMIBody mass index

CIConfidence interval

HRAHealth risk assessment

ROIReturn on Investment

SDStandard deviation

SPSSStatistical package for the social science

USUnited States of America

WHOWorld Health Organisation

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s40557-017-0172-1 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Ana Howarth - Jose Quesada - Peter R. Mills

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