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Employee Perceptions of Workplace Health Promotion Programs: Comparison of a Tailored, Semi-Tailored, and Standardized Approach

Wesley Medical Research, Auchenflower QLD 4066, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 881; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050881
Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 19 April 2018 / Accepted: 23 April 2018 / Published: 28 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Workplace Health Promotion 2018)
In the design of workplace health promotion programs (WHPPs), employee perceptions represent an integral variable which is predicted to translate into rate of user engagement (i.e., participation) and program loyalty. This study evaluated employee perceptions of three workplace health programs promoting nutritional consumption and physical activity. Programs included: (1) an individually tailored consultation with an exercise physiologist and dietitian; (2) a semi-tailored 12-week SMS health message program; and (3) a standardized group workshop delivered by an expert. Participating employees from a transport company completed program evaluation surveys rating the overall program, affect, and utility of: consultations (n = 19); SMS program (n = 234); and workshops (n = 86). Overall, participants’ affect and utility evaluations were positive for all programs, with the greatest satisfaction being reported in the tailored individual consultation and standardized group workshop conditions. Furthermore, mode of delivery and the physical presence of an expert health practitioner was more influential than the degree to which the information was tailored to the individual. Thus, the synergy in ratings between individually tailored consultations and standardized group workshops indicates that low-cost delivery health programs may be as appealing to employees as tailored, and comparatively high-cost, program options. View Full-Text
Keywords: affect; employee perceptions; occupational health; program evaluation; utility; workplace health promotion; workplace wellness affect; employee perceptions; occupational health; program evaluation; utility; workplace health promotion; workplace wellness
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Street, T.D.; Lacey, S.J. Employee Perceptions of Workplace Health Promotion Programs: Comparison of a Tailored, Semi-Tailored, and Standardized Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 881.

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