Interest in corporate fitness is increasing. In this study, absenteeism rates and health care costs were measured for 12 months before and 12 months after implementation of a corporate fitness class. It was hypothesized that those who participate in the fitness program would have lower absenteeism rates and health care costs. It was also hypothesized that lifestyle factors would be significantly related to the decision to participate in the fitness program and to absenteeism.
Results showed no significant relationship between program participation and absenteeism. Also, it was found that average health care costs were lower before the program intervention and increased after the program began. Second, lifestyle variables relating to the decision to participate in the fitness program were evaluated using multiple correlation. A significant relationship was found between certain lifestyle variables and participation in the program. Third, lifestyle variables were included in a multiple correlation with absenteeism as the dependent variable. Again, a significant relationship was found between certain lifestyle variables and absenteeism. The study failed to support the hypothesized relationship between fitness, health care costs and absenteeism.
Abbott, David W.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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McGahey, Shawn J., "The Relationship of Corporate Fitness to Absenteeism and Health Care Cost" (1989). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4180.