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Although it is difficult to quantify the benefits in monetary terms, international research has produced some encouraging findings. The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) found the following benefits:

A reduction in absenteeism of between 12% and 36% among participants in Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) programmes. Every US Dollar invested in WHP brought a Return on Investment (ROI) between $2.5 and $4.8 due to reduced absenteeism costs. The ROI for medical costs amounts to $5.9.

In Finland it has been demonstrated that every 1 Euro invested in programs for maintaining work ability brings a return of €4 to €6 in productivity.

Cost-benefit-ratios established in US studies range from $3 to $8 for every Dollar invested in health promotion programs within 5 years.

Some companies also make the evaluations of their intervention programs available to the public: The health care costs for participants in intervention programs at DaimlerChrysler were between $5 and $16 lower per month compared to non-participants. Glaxo Wellcome's health promotion programme saved $1 million in 1 year and cut absence due to medical reasons by 20.000 working days between 1996 and 2003. In a comprehensive workplace health programme, a Canadian company MDS Nordion reduced absenteeism from 5.5 to 4 days annually and cut turnover to half the industry average.

At Volkswagen AG a 1% rise in the health rate led to a corresponding increase in productivity costs of 1%. This represents savings amounting to €45 million. By implementing health promotion measures, the company has increased the health rate between 1988 and 1999 by 4.3% achieving savings in personnel costs of over €190 million.

WHP has also proved to influence personal lifestyles and health behaviours in a positive way, for example: Between 10% and 15% of participants in smoking cessation programmes succeeded in giving up smoking. 26% of participants in programmes on weight control were able to maintain their weight 12 months after the programme had finished.

Another study shows that employees who consider their workplaces to be “healthy", do not only have a lower rate of absenteeism, but statistically show a significantly higher level of job satisfaction and work-morale and are less likely to change their job.
Employees spend approximately sixty percent of their waking hours in the workplace. This presents an opportunity for the forward-thinking employer to provide a service that promotes a healthy lifestyle to the workforce.  
Health-related andeconomic benefits of workplace health promotion and prevention report The Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union Report Building the case for wellness report Working for a Healthier Tomorrow report Healthy People = Healthy Profits report
Click on document to download a report about Good Practice in Workplace Health Promotion in Europe
Good Practice in Workplace Health Promotion in Europe Report
Health-related and
economic benefits
of workplace health
promotion and prevention
The Luxembourg Declaration on
Workplace Health Promotion
in the European Union
Working for a
healthier tomorrow by Dame Carol Black
Building the case for wellness
Healthy People
Healthy Profits
Other Publications on Workplace Health Promotion
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International Research about the Benefits

of Workplace Health Promotion