The Impact of Employer Health and Productivity Management Practices

This report is a follow-up to an IBI report published earlier in 2010on employers’ health and productivity management (HPM) programs. Generally, employers report their important HPM practices have a positive effect on HPM goals. HPM practices have the highest impact in reducing sick-day/disability absence outcomes, followed by reductions in medical/pharmacy costs. Several HPM practices qualify as a best practice by impacting several health outcomes—sick-day/disability absences, medical/pharmacy costs and health-related lost productivity. Nurse case management positively impacts all three HPM outcomes while five other practices, including weight management, span two HPM outcomes.