Investigating employee-reported benefits of participation in a comprehensive Australian workplace health promotion program

Michelle Kilpatrick, Leigh Blizzard, Kristy Sanderson, Brook Teale, Mark Nelson, Kate Chappell, Alison Venn

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Objective: To investigate employee-reported benefits of participation, employee organizational commitment, and health-related behaviors and body mass index (BMI) following implementation of a comprehensive workplace health promotion (WHP) program. 

Methods: State government employees from Tasmania, Australia, completed surveys in 2010 (n=3408) and 2013 (n=3228). Repeated cross-sectional data were collected on sociodemographic, health, and work characteristics. Participation in WHP activities, employee-reported organizational commitment, and benefits of participation were collected in 2013. 

Results: Respondents who participated in multiple activities were more likely to agree that participation had motivated them, or helped them to address a range of health and work factors (trends: P<0.05). There were significant associations between participation and employee organizational commitment. No differences were observed in health-related behaviors and BMI between 2010 and 2013. 

Conclusions: Healthy@Work (pH@W) was either ineffective, or insufficient time had elapsed to detect a population-level change in employee lifestyle factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-513
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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