Over the years, the employee health management industry has successfully identified a number of best practices that are associated with optimal program outcomes, as well as the program elements that are most common among high-performing workplace programs; however, there has been little evidence to support that such best practices will predict program success and whether factors like age and gender influence the impact that those best practices have on program outcomes.
Connecting the dots with new data
This recent study from StayWell was published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is titled, Analyzing Best Practices in Employee Health Management: How Age, Sex, and Program Components Relate to Employee Engagement and Health Outcomes.” The study shows that these industry best practices do not generate the same outcomes for all companies, because factors such as a person’s age, gender and health status will influence how they respond to the best practices.
What this means for employers
This research is significant for employers because it underscores the importance of customizing employee health management strategies and best practices to the demographics and established cultural norms of a workplace. In addition, the findings shed light on how employers can leverage different best practices to achieve different program goals based on the demographic makeup of their population.
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