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Employee Self-rated Productivity and Objective Organizational Production Levels: Effects of Worksite Health Interventions Involving Reduced Work Hours and Physical Exercise
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 53, no 8, 838-844 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To investigate how worksite health interventions involving a 2.5-hour reduction of weekly working hours with (PE) or without (RWH) mandatory physical exercise affects productivity.Methods: Six workplaces in dental health care were matched and randomized to three conditions (PE, RWH and referents). Employees' (N = 177) self-rated productivity and the workplaces' production levels (number of patients) were examined longitudinally.Results: Number of treated patients increased in all conditions during the intervention year. While RWH showed the largest increase in this measure, PE showed significant increases in self-rated productivity, that is, increased quantity of work and work-ability and decreased sickness absence.Conclusions: A reduction in work hours may be used for health promotion activities with sustained or improved production levels, suggesting an increased productivity since the same, or higher, production level can be achieved with lesser resources.

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2011. Vol. 53, no 8, 838-844 p.
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productivity, worksite health interventions, reduced work hours, physical exercise
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62124DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31822589c2ISI: 000293687400003OAI: diva2:439880
This research was supported by grants to Ulf Lundberg from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research and by grants to Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz from AFA Insurance. The involvement of Henna Hasson was funded by VĂ¥rdalinstitutet, The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences. We thank all the employees who volunteered to participate in this study.Available from: 2011-09-09 Created: 2011-09-09 Last updated: 2012-01-17Bibliographically approved

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