Sumary of New ‘Work Design for Health’ framework offers viable directions for improving employee health, well-being:
- Related StoriesBuilding on decades of previous work redesign research and frameworks, the team proposes a model of work redesign updated for the realities of work in the 21st century.
- This framework identifies three strategies to reshape work conditions that not only improve worker well-being but may also benefit the organization: Increasing workers’ control over their schedules and giving them greater voice over work conditions;
- For instance, one study found that giving high-tech professionals more control over their work schedules resulted in workers who were more productive, less stressed, and less likely to quit.
- In addition to being more effective at increasing employee well-being, a redesign based on the Work Design for Health framework could save employers money, according to the researchers.
- Wellness programs now cost on average more than $700 per employee, whereas one extensive redesign initiative reviewed by the authors cost roughly half that much.