Employers Say Health and Productivity Management Programs Work

July 20, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – An Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) analysis of the health and productivity management (HPM) practices of 450 U.S. employers indicates HPM has a positive impact on their health and productivity goals.

The research found HPM practices have a particularly strong, positive impact on employee satisfaction. IBI said in a press release that this finding is a significant indicator that a health and productivity program is an important investment for employers interested in attracting and retaining key workers by building a culture of health.  

According to the analysis, six practices – nurse case management, transitional return-to-work (RTW), health risk coaching, onsite providers, participation incentives, and weight management – have positive impacts on at least two important health and productivity outcomes and therefore should be considered an essential part of an effective and efficient HPM program, according to the press release.  

Among the top 10 high-impact practices, four are associated with disability management/return to work, four are related to health promotion and two are associated with disease management.  

The analysis is a follow up to an IBI report released earlier this year finding broad adoption of prevention, wellness, disease management and disability-management/RTW initiatives by employers (see More Employers Join Health and Productivity Management Bandwagon).  

A summary of the analysis is available to the public here The full report also is available to IBI members.