Development and Application of Evaluation Index of Health Productivity for Enterprises to Conduct Health Promotion

Project: A - Government Institutionb - National Science and Technology Council

Project Details


Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) is a health promotion activity organized by an organization to promote the health of its employees. WHP is associated with the continuation and slowing down of work capacity loss in Taiwan, in a rapidly aging labor force, which is critical to the maintenance of national productivity. In workplace the investment and care of employees' health should not only be regarded as the promotion of employee benefits or in line with government policies, but also issues that enterprises should pay more attention to and continue to improve.The project plan to introduce the concept of "presenteeism", which has recently attracted much attention in international WHP studies, including its reluctance to attend to work but has to cope with heavy physical and mental workload. Foreign studies have shown that prevalent ineffective attendance employees will make enterprises to pay a huge loss of productivity costs, whose human capital impact is even higher than sick leave. The study is expected to be carried out in four phases in two years:1. Development of a local "presenteeism" measurement tool: The literature review found that the incidence of presenteeism can be divided into "disease-induced" and "stress-induced". The study group will interview with academics, experts and field workers, to assess the reliability and validity of the questionnaire, and to establish a potential health productivity loss model to quantify the potential human resource cost as a baseline and follow-up study of the measurement basis.2. Cross-sectional investigation and related factors to presenteeism for the baseline study: Through the manufacturing industry and the service industry representative employees of the scale of the survey, based on the research model established by the workers into the salary, sick leave and work ability, the potential loss of health productivity from workers' presenteeism was translated into economic value, and the results were compared and analyzed according to group characteristics to understand the high-risk group attributes.3. Follow-up study on the effectiveness of enterprise's investment in WHP: Through the implementation of the WHP program of the cooperative enterprises, the questionnaire survey and the cloud health management data were conducted in a single-subject design; after the WHP activities, the differences between the employees' prenenteeism and the potential health productivity loss are taken as the indicators to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of investment on the WHP projects in the cooperative enterprises. We hope the estimated return on investment (ROI) can help call more enterprises’ attention to have more incentives to invest in WHP.4. Case Studies of Quantifying Human Resource Benefits in Promoting WHP: In this project I will conduct case studies on collecting WHP program examples in foreign corporations and explore practical experiences of cooperatives and other enterprises promoting WHP in Taiwan and then summarize business cases including quantitative benefit analysis indicators related to personnel costs analysis of key successes and / or failures of WHP programs is expected to arouse the interest and discussion of workplace health issues by more and more companies and to leverage the benefits of benchmarking.
Effective start/end date8/1/181/1/20


  • Workplace health promotion
  • Presenteeism
  • Potential health productivity loss
  • Effectiveness evaluation
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Human resource management


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