Research By IBI Finds Health And
Productivity Programs Critical To U.S. Business Employees
productivity management (HPM) programs are vital to business in the
U.S. "burdened with the declining health of their employees, growing
pressures of lost worktime, increasing healthcare costs and global
competition, and the uncertainty of healthcare reform," according to
the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI).
IBI conducted a survey of nearly 500 employers and their
employees’ perspective on HPM programs being implemented, as
as a look ahead at the next two years.
the findings, some form of health promotion is almost universally
offered, at 98 percent ofsurvey participants, with disease management
offered to 91 percent, and disability return-to-work programs at 85
percent. Employers responded that disease management initiatives were
most important to their HPM efforts.
employers were expecting a net increase in resource commitments to HPM
over the next two years, while only 4 percent expect a net decrease.
discovered that employers measure sick days and disability absences
more than they measured presenteeism or health-related lost
productivity, through administrative and claims data.
in three employers do not measure absence and productivity outcomes
from its HPM efforts at all.
employer use of HPM was shown to significantly increase over the past
current economic conditions and state of healthcare, employers need
every way possible to improve the productivity of their workforce,"
said Thomas Parry, PhD, president of IBI. "Employee health is a key
part of that equation. Rather than cutting HPM programs, our research
indicates that these types of programs are becoming a key part of their
the report can be found at ibiweb.org, with a full report available to
IBI members. The results and their implications were also presented at
the 2010 IBI/NBCH Health & Productivity Forum held on Feb. 8-10
San Antonio, Texas.
Integrated Benefits Institute, 595 Market St., Suite 810, San
Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 222 7280, www.ibiweb.org.