An Investigation of Self-reported Health-related Productivity Loss in Office Workers and Associations With Individual and Work-related Factors Using an Employer's Perspective.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Office workers have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions. This can be a significant economic burden due to health-related productivity loss. Individual and work-related factors related to office worker health-related productivity were investigated. METHODS A survey including the Health and Work Performance Questionnaire, which estimated productivity loss, also recorded individual and work-related factors with potential associations with health-related productivity. Muscle function and workstation ergonomics were examined through physical assessments. Linear models investigated the relationships between these factors and health-related productivity. RESULTS Significant factors identified were occupational category (0.001 < P < 0.050), job satisfaction (P < 0.001), psychological wellbeing (P = 0.031), and musculoskeletal pain (P = 0.023). Health-related productivity loss was greater in office workers working as managers, with lower job satisfaction and psychological wellbeing, and those with musculoskeletal pain. CONCLUSION Office worker health-related productivity loss is represented by a combination of both individual and work-related factors.

DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001043

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@article{Pereira2017AnIO, title={An Investigation of Self-reported Health-related Productivity Loss in Office Workers and Associations With Individual and Work-related Factors Using an Employer's Perspective.}, author={Michelle Jessica Pereira and Venerina Johnston and Leon M Straker and Gisela Sj\ogaard and Markus Melloh and Shaun O'Leary and Tracy Comans}, journal={Journal of occupational and environmental medicine}, year={2017}, volume={59 7}, pages={e138-e144} }