by Samantha Bartlett on August 7, 2013

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Health practices should be based around employees, says study

A new study has found that ‘best practices’ for workplace health policies may not be the most effective for all firms.

The research was carried out by StayWell Health Management. It found that age, gender and health status all have a heavy influence on the effectiveness of industry and best practices.

Talking about the data, StayWell vice president of research and principal investigator on the study Jessica Grossmeier told wsandb.co.uk: “The outcomes associated with applying best practices to your workplace health management program have not been well-established.”

She added: “More specifically, we found that a person’s age, gender and current health status directly influence how they respond to best-practice programme elements as well as how these factors combine to influence overall employee participation and behaviour change.”

A study earlier this month found that firms who don’t have wellbeing programmes in place may be left with unhappy workers. According to a Canada Life survey, 36 per cent of employees say they have gained weight as a result of their job, which has resulted in 44 per cent saying they would not recommend their career to others seeking jobs in London or the rest of the UK.

In terms of how to prevent workplaces from fostering poor habits, the StayWell research found the use of onsite wellness champion networks improved the behaviour of older workers, according to acnetreatmentsinfo.org.