IBI’s research explores the connections between people, productivity and performance (3Ps).

Because we have an integrated and holistic view of the 3Ps, it is rare that research or any asset type would focus exclusively on just one of them. Below you can see how we define each part of the 3Ps. IBI studies how these components are related to employer policies, practices and other solutions aimed at improving the connections between employee health and wellbeing and business performance.

IBI 3Ps - People


Attributes associated with people such as their health, social determinants, skills, behaviors, engagement levels and wellbeing are all key aspects of what describes an employee.

IBI 3Ps - Productivity


A measure of the quantity and quality of a worker’s output over inputs (includes absence, presenteeism, disability leaves and other measures of work outcomes).

IBI 3Ps - Performance


A measure of business performance. IBI is interested in how healthy people contribute to business value and what employers can do to support the health and wellbeing of their workers and the health of their business.

In general terms, greater health and wellbeing for people helps them be more productive. Greater individual productivity leads to better overall business performance. The opposite is also true. An unhealthy person is less productive, which affects a company’s performance and its ability to achieve business goals.

Planning for the Future Workforce: Leave Patterns Across Generations

Dec 8, 2016|

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY While most “Baby Boomers” will leave the workforce in the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that by 2024, one in five American workers will be age 55 or older. The aging workforce will pose a challenge for employers’ human capital management strategies as well as their efforts to [...]

Connecting Wellbeing to Business Performance

Dec 2, 2016|

Two forces are converging in the management of employer‐based health and related benefits. As benefits professionals recognize the need to treat workforce health as something more than simply healthcare costs, they are expanding their focus to include dimensions such as absence from work, disability, employee performance and productivity. This broader view is influencing how these [...]

Health Risk Factors as Predictors of Workers’ Compensation Claim Occurrence and Cost

Aug 30, 2016|

Spotlight on article published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work. The research described in this particular Spotlight is authored or co-authored by an IBI researcher. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright holder._ What is the Issue? Millions [...]

Resources for Mental Health Awareness: Supporting Employee Wellbeing and Performance

May 11, 2016|

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the right time to learn how mental illness and job stress may affect your employees, their performance and your business. One in four Americans is affected by mental illness each year, and the World Health Organization says depression will be the costliest disease burden by 2020. When it comes [...]

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the U.S. Workforce – Insights from the CWHP

Jul 27, 2015|

In 2013, IBI established a partner non-profit organization, the Center for Workforce Health and Performance (CWHP). The CWHP’s first report, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Workforce Health and Productivity in the United States, underscores that employers have many opportunities to help employees with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) stay at work and return to work from disability leaves. Efforts to [...]

Ill Employees in Unsupportive Workplaces Have More Absences and Lower Performance

Jul 27, 2015|

IBI’s newest study shows that unsupportive workplace climates –where employees perceive unsafe working conditions, low respect and trust, poor variety and learning and high workload – are associated with higher absence and lower job performance among ill employees. This study shows the importance of developing supportive work climates that can enhance, rather than undermine, employers’ [...]

How Can New Approaches to Consumerism Contribute to Population Health?

Oct 27, 2014|

Employers are increasingly adopting health plans with cost sharing that gives employees more “skin in the game.” In the October issue of Population Health News, IBI President Thomas Parry describes what employers must consider to ensure that lower medical and pharmacy spending does not come at the expense of employee health and productivity. [...]

Diabetes Management and Work-related Outcomes

Oct 24, 2014|

At a consensus conference of the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE/ACE) in Washington, D.C., IBI Executive Vice President Kim Jinnett presented an overview of research that connects investments in health to work outcomes – with a specific emphasis on the productivity implications of diabetes management. Her slide presentation is now available as an annotated [...]