New research demonstrates a relationship between excess health risk and preventable productivity loss. There is a need to quantify how much lost productivity is avoidable through employer-sponsored health management interventions.
The study, “Use of a Normal Impairment Factor in Quantifying Avoidable Productivity Loss Because of Poor Health,” was published in the March 2009 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) and is available on the JOEM website. The study introduced the Normal Impairment Factor (NIF) to recognize the amount of productivity loss that cannot be mitigated through health management interventions. Findings demonstrated the utility of the Normal Impairment Factor (NIF) in estimating the level of productivity loss that cannot be regained through health management interventions.