Getting Down to Business
I am pleased to introduce our latest blog contributor Ron Goetzel, director of the Emory Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS). Ron wears two hats. He is the Director of IHPS and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Thomson Reuters. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia.
In Ron's latest article, Getting Down to Business, he discuss the positive implications of employee health on the businesses bottom line. Here, Ron talks about the results of a workplace wellness program implemented at Johnson & Johnson:
""The positive outcomes related to the program began to surface immediately," writes Goetzel in a 2012 collection of research papers for NIOSH. "Johnson & Johnson work sites that implemented Live for Life had 18% lower absenteeism rates and one-third the medical expenses as their counterparts without access to Live for Life."