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ENWHP Newsletter - December 2018
 
 
A new tool for estimating the return of investment and quality of WHP programs
 
INSST, the Spanish contact office of ENWHP, has just launched a tool for estimating the economic return of investment of Workplace Health Promotion Programs.
The tool provides guidance on the quality of workplace health programs and it also allows making an estimate of the economic return of investment (current or foreseeable).
The Spanish disability regulatory framework and the evidence and common practices have been taken into account to estimate the costs that generate workers ‘ill health in terms of absenteeism, presentism, and turnover. The definitions of each concept and the mathematical assumptions are described in the tool itself.
The quality of the programs are estimated through the existence of an integrated company health policy, the balance between individual and working condition interventions, multicomponent programs, health culture, and others, like program duration, the proportion of workers who have access to the actions or investment made.
In the interests of simplification intangible values have not been considered in the application. The user is referred to other INSST publications to get more information on this issue.
This tool, as the authors said, has some limitations that derive from estimation and assumptions, like other similar ones. So, the tool is offered especially as a support to manage and promote the commitment of the different actors of the company in the improvement of wellbeing.
If you want to contribute, raise doubts or make suggestions you can do it sending a mail to promosalud@insst.meyss.es
 The tool is in Spanish.
 
 
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Quality of Ageing at Work model
 
On the basis of the key concepts arising from the organizational literature on age management, as well as to the evidence-based achievements of the research on this topic, the Quality of Ageing at Work Questionnaire (QAW-q, available in Italian, English and Spanish) is addressed to survey the process of ageing at work at employee’s level within defined work organizations.
Based on the key elements of the workability concept – health, competencies, motivation, work organization – the QAW-q broadens its perspective by introducing other elements aiming at bridging intra-organizational dimensions affecting the employees’ condition to external socio-institutional environment and constraints, as: work-life balance, employment and economic stability, professional identity and relations at workplace.
The QAW-q also aims at weighing the influence of the different meanings of age (chronological age, job seniority in the organisation and years of payment to social security schemes) on the individual perceptions and on the assessment of the organizational performance related to the eight key topics above mentioned.
To fulfill this objective, the QAW-q has been structured as to intersect the ‘individual’, ‘organizational’ and ‘passage of time’ levels. Therefore, for each of the topics it explores, seven answers are collected, related to the individual perceptions; the employees’ proactivity; the interaction between the evaluation of past experiences with future expectations; and the assessment of the organizational performance.
According to this structure, the QAW-q can be adopted at workplace level both for cross-sectional analysis and for longitudinal surveys on employees. It produces scores at the individual and organizational level, as well as evidence of the influence exerted by the age factors.
The results arising from multivariate analysis of the eight key dimensions can be used as leverages for supporting the HR and managerial policies to be more age-friendly and age-aware.
QAW model is being successfully implemented in Italy (2012-ongoing), and Spain (2018-ongoing) by the University of Zaragoza, with the participation of public and private organizations, and more than 8,000 employees.
 
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Newly renovated ENWHP website will be launched on January 2019. We have restructured and modernized our website to make it more user-friendly.
 
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This study investigated the influence of stress and musculoskeletal pain on sleep quality. A total of 3,593 Danish hospital workers replied to a questionnaire about work and health. They conclude that both stress and musculoskeletal pain are associated with poor sleep among hospital workers and recommend that hospital management considers implementing strategies for preventing stress and musculoskeletal pain to improve the overall health and workability among hospital workers.
 
This article is about leadership an how leaders can help people feel purposeful, motivated, and energized so they can bring their best selves to work. The author defends that "Humility and servant leadership do not imply that leaders have low self-esteem, or take on an attitude of servility. Instead, servant leadership emphasizes that the responsibility of a leader is to increase the ownership, autonomy, and responsibility of followers — to encourage them to think for themselves and try out their own ideas." 
 
The aim of this nonrandomized single-group study was to reduce alcohol and drug consumption among workers in the service industry and, as a secondary aim, to improve their healthy habits through the reduction of alcohol and other drug consumption in their leisure time. A total of 1103 workers participated, and each received 5 h of awareness training. Those who presented with risky consumption received secondary prevention training. The prevalence of risky alcohol consumption decreased by 4.1%  that was maintained over a 3-year follow-up period.
 
 
 
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