The intuitive relationship between health, on-the-job performance, and quality of life has been a prolific source of research for several decades. Some studies indicate over half the U.S. workforce has experienced health-related problems that hinder job productivity, and lost time from common painful conditions cost U.S. business an estimated $61.2 billion per year. Despite well-documented research in this area, the affect of innovative employer-sponsored interventions on productivity and health status have received much less attention. This quantitative paired-sample study examined that link by investigating the influence of two Industrial Athlete health intervention programs on the perceived productivity and health status of hourly factory workers. Aimed at employees who are starting or already performing physically demanding jobs, the first intervention consisted of individually customized job conditioning exercises that focused on stability, balance, and flexibility during two one-hour sessions per week for a six-week period. The second intervention was a symptom intervention massage program designed for employees experiencing mild discomfort or having difficulty performing daily jobs. The hypothesized improvement in perceived levels of productivity after participation in both interventions was statistically significant. Correspondingly, the hypothesized improvement in perceived health status after receiving symptom intervention massage treatments was also statistically significant. Productivity and health status was assessed using two existing survey measures that were developed and validated in previous studies. Workers who participated in the job conditioning between March 19, 2007 and August 10, 2007 and those who received symptom intervention massage during four-week periods between March 19, 2007 and June 22, 2007 served as the study sample.
|Subjects||Physical therapy; Management|
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