Does physical activity impact on presenteeism and other indicators of workplace wellbeing?

Brown, Helen E., Gilson, Nicholas D., Burton, Nicola W. and Brown, Wendy J. (2011) Does physical activity impact on presenteeism and other indicators of workplace wellbeing?. Sports Medicine, 41 3: 249-262. doi:10.2165/11539180-000000000-00000


Author Brown, Helen E.
Gilson, Nicholas D.
Burton, Nicola W.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Does physical activity impact on presenteeism and other indicators of workplace wellbeing?
Journal name Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0112-1642
1179-2035
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2165/11539180-000000000-00000
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 249
End page 262
Total pages 14
Place of publication Auckland , New Zealand
Publisher Adis International
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The term 'presenteeism' is a relatively new concept in workplace health, and has come to signify being at work despite poor health and performing below par. Presenteeism, which is potentially critical to employers, has been associated with a range of psychosocial outcome measures, such as poor mental health and employee well-being. Physical activity is a potential strategy for reducing presenteeism, and for improving the mental health of employees. This article reviews evidence on the relationships between physical activity and employee well-being and presenteeism in the workplace, and identifies directions for research in an emerging field.Electronic and manual literature searches were used to identify 20 articles that met the inclusion criteria. These included 13 intervention trials (8 randomized controlled trials, 5 comparison trials) and 7 observational studies (3 cohort, 4 cross-sectional). Outcome measures were grouped into 'workplace well-being', 'psychosocial well-being' and 'physical well-being'. Studies measured a wide variety of outcomes, with absenteeism being the most commonly assessed. Evidence indicated a positive association between physical activity and psychosocial health in employees, particularly for quality of life and emotional well-being. However, findings were inconclusive as to the role of physical activity in promoting workplace well-being. Only one study reported on presenteeism, with mixed evidence for outcomes.This article indicates that physical activity and employee psychosocial health are positively related, but there is limited evidence of a relationship between physical activity and presenteeism. A standardized definition of presenteeism and an appropriate evaluation tool are key research priorities if the complex relationships between physical activity and workplace well-being are to be better understood. © 2011 Adis Data Information BV. All rights reserved.
Keyword Exercise
Quality-of-life
Workplace
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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