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Health and Productivity Management II: Measuring and Reporting Work Force Productivity

  • ID: 42711
  • July 1999
  • 60 pages
  • American Productivity & Quality Center, APQC
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On November 11, 1998, The Washington Post reported that “productivity gains are holding off a major slump” in the U.S. economy. Citing a study released by the Labor Department, the paper reported that U.S. productivity— measured as economic output per hour of work—rose at a seasonally adjusted 2.3 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 1998. Further, The Washington Post reported that the increase brings the rate of growth close to 2.0 percent annually— about twice the rate of productivity growth from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. What accounts for such a dramatic improvement in productivity over the past few years? Economists believe that growth can be attributed to the billions of dollars spent on new technology and capital investment. But, according to the same economists, that is only part of the story. They cite anecdotal evidence that companies are discovering “new ways to get more output from their workers and the machines they use.”

How do companies get more productivity from their workers? How do they define productivity? How do they track and measure improvements in health and
productivity? And finally, how do they READ MORE >

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- Sponsor and Partner Companies

A listing of the sponsor companies in this study, as well as the best-practice (“partner”) companies that were benchmarked for their innovation and advancement in the management of employee health and productivity.

- Executive Summary

A bird’s-eye view of the study, presenting the key findings discovered and the methodology used throughout the course of the study. The findings are explored in detail in following sections.

- Key Findings

An in-depth look at the eight key findings of this study. The findings are supported by quantitative data and qualitative examples of practices employed by the partner companies.

- Partner Company Profiles

Background information on the partner companies, as well as their innovative health and productivity management practices.

- Appendix

Metric data about participants’ health and productivity management programs.

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