Perspectives on workplace health promotion among employees in low-wage industries
Published Date:2015 Jul-Aug
Source:Am J Health Promot. 29(6):384-392.
Interviews As Topic
Salaries And Fringe Benefits
Skill Building/behavioral Change
Pubmed Central ID:PMC5070972
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 (a) understand the attitudes of employees in low-wage industries toward workplace health promotion, including views on appropriateness of employer involvement in employee health, and level of interest in workplace health promotion overall and in specific programs; and (b) determine the potential for extending workplace health promotion to spouses and partners of these employees.
Forty-two 60-90-minute interviews
Interviews were conducted with couples (married or living together) in the Seattle/King County metropolitan area of Washington State.
Qualitative analysis of interview transcripts using grounded theory to identify themes.
Employees consider workplace health promotion both appropriate and desirable, and believe it benefits employers through increased productivity and morale. Most have little personal experience with it and doubt their employers would prioritize employee health. Employees are most interested in efforts focused on nutrition and physical activity. Both employees and their partners support extending workplace health promotion to include partners.
Employees and their partners are interested in workplace health promotion if it addresses behaviors they care about. Concern over employer involvement in their personal health decisions is minimal; instead, employees view employer interest in their health as a sign that they are valued.
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