“The problem with taking an evidence-based approach to employee health,” a colleague once told me, “is that there isn’t any evidence.” Fair enough. This is where health shifting comes in. But to fully appreciate health shifting, we first have to understand the potential role of health impact assessment. There isn’t a lot of evidence showing us how to improve employee health, but there’s plenty showing us how to diminish it: Require too much overtime, design jobs with high demands but limited employee control, have inflexible time-off policies, and fail to balance rewards with efforts, to name a few. (Check out this site’s Evidence page for a sampling of relevant studies.) The...
A blog about determinants of worker health, by Bob Merberg.
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