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Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder: Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce by Jody Heymann

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Increasing Productivity and Reliability by Investing in Health Care

EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN CALLED the “new gatekeepers” of health care and health in recognition of the crucial importance of working conditions.1 At the same time, there has been a growing realization that just as work is a major determinant of health, so does workers’ health play a key role in the quality and productivity of their work. An increasing amount of research evidence shows that companies can reap economic benefits from investing in the health of their workers. Despite this evidence, there are important challenges to creating and maintaining a successful relationship between work and health, such as determining how to share and control the cost of medical care.

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