Academic journal article Human Ecology

College Collaborates in Institute on Employee Health and Well-Being: A New Research Center at Cornell, a Collaboration with a Michigan Health-Information Firm, Will Study Issues of Employee Health and Productivity in the Workplace

Academic journal article Human Ecology

College Collaborates in Institute on Employee Health and Well-Being: A New Research Center at Cornell, a Collaboration with a Michigan Health-Information Firm, Will Study Issues of Employee Health and Productivity in the Workplace

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HOW DO THE HEALTH AND well-being of employees drive business productivity and profitability? How do depression, stress, musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, obesity, and pain affect productivity, and what kinds of management practices can help? Are they cost effective? Does investing in people or technology reap larger productivity payoffs?

These kinds of questions are the focus of a new research center, the Cornell University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS), which has been established in collaboration with MEDSTAT, a health-information company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"By conducting cutting-edge empirical research with academic faculty on the relationship between employee health and well-being and work-related productivity, the institute will help inform decision makers in both the private and public health sectors on these issues," says Ron Z. Goetzel, currently vice president of consulting and applied research for MEDSTAT, who will be the institute's first director.

"The institute also will assess the cost burdens of health risk factors and common disease conditions and the impact of health and productivity management programs on medical outcomes and productivity," Goetzel says.

The new institute is part of the Cornell Center for Policy Research (CCPR) in Washington, D.C., a collaborative effort of Cornell's vice provost for research, the College of Human Ecology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. …

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