Stakeholder Perspectives on Workplace Health Promotion: A Qualitative Study of Midsized Employers in Low-Wage Industries
Published Date:2012 Nov-Dec
Source:Am J Health Promot. 27(2):103-110.
Health Focus: Fitness/physical Activity
Manuscript Format: Research
Occupational Health Services
Outcome Measure: Behavioral
Research Purpose: Descriptive
Skill Building/Behavior Change
Strategy: Skill Building/behavior Change
Study Design: Qualitative
Target Population Age: Adults
Target Population Circumstances: Education/income Level
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4180021
Funding:R21 CA136435/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP001911/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
R21CA136435/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP001911-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Study goals were to (1) describe stakeholder perceptions of workplace health promotion (WHP) appropriateness, (2) describe barriers and facilitators to implementing WHP, (3) learn the extent to which WHP programs are offered to workers’ spouses and partners and assess attitudes toward including partners in WHP programs, and (4) describe willingness to collaborate with nonprofit agencies to offer WHP.
Five 1.5-hour focus groups.
The focus groups were conducted with representatives of midsized (100–999 workers) workplaces in the Seattle metropolitan area, Washington state.
Thirty-four human resources professionals in charge of WHP programs and policies from five low-wage industries: accommodation/food services, manufacturing, health care/social assistance, education, and retail trade.
A semistructured discussion guide.
Qualitative analysis of focus group transcripts using grounded theory to identify themes.
Most participants viewed WHP as appropriate, but many expressed reservations about intruding in workers’ personal lives. Barriers to implementing WHP included cost, time, logistical challenges, and unsupportive culture. Participants saw value in extending WHP programs to workers’ partners, but were unsure how to do so. Most were willing to work with nonprofit agencies to offer WHP.
Midsized, low-wage employers face significant barriers to implementing WHP; to reach these employers and their workers, nonprofit agencies and WHP vendors need to offer WHP programs that are inexpensive, turnkey, and easy to adapt.
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