Worker Productivity | Physical Activity Evaluation Measures
Worker productivity measures for physical activity1-3
Healthier employees are less likely to call in sick. Companies can sometimes assess sick day use as the most direct measure to determine whether health programs are increasing worker productivity.
- Determine the average number of sick days per employee over the previous 12 months for health conditions related to physical inactivity such as hypertension
- This measure may be less useful if there has been a large increase or decrease in numbers of employees over the past 12 months
- Determine the costs of worker absenteeism including costs of replacement workers, costs in training replacement workers, and loss and delay in productivity
- Determine time employees spend during working hours participating in physical activity-related worksite programs
- Re-assess the average number of sick days per employee for physical inactivity-related conditions at the first follow-up evaluation
- Periodic repeats of other baseline measures
- Assess changes in the average number of sick days per employee for physical inactivity-related conditions in repeated follow-up evaluations
- Assess changes in time employees spend during working hours participating in physical activity-related worksite programs
- Assess changes in costs from baseline
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Framework for program evaluation in public health. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1999;48(No. RR-11): 1-40.
2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical activity evaluation handbook. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2002.
3. Goetzel RZ, Ozminkowski RJ. Program evaluation. In: O’Donnell MP, editor. Health promotion in the workplace, 3rd edition. Albany, NY: Delmar Thomson Learning; 2002. p 116-165.