Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network

Carolina Barbosa, Jeremy W. Bray, William N. Dowd, Michael J. Mills, Phyllis Moen, Bradley Wipfli, Ryan Olson, Erin L. Kelly

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Abstract

To estimate the return on investment (ROI) of a workplace initiative to reduce work-family conflict in a group-randomized 18-month field experiment in an information technology firm in the United States. Methods: Intervention resources were micro-costed; benefits included medical costs, productivity (presenteeism), and turnover. Regression models were used to estimate the ROI, and cluster-robust bootstrap was used to calculate its confidence interval. Results: For each participant, model-adjusted costs of the intervention were $690 and company savings were $1850 (2011 prices). The ROI was 1.68 (95% confidence interval,-8.85 to 9.47) and was robust in sensitivity analyses. Conclusion: The positive ROI indicates that employers' investment in an intervention to reduce work-family conflict can enhance their business. Although this was the first study to present a confidence interval for the ROI, results are comparable with the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-951
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume57
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Keywords

  • financial outcomes
  • prevention research
  • return on investment
  • supervisor support
  • Work-family conflict
  • workplace flexibility
  • workplace intervention

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention : Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network. / Barbosa, Carolina; Bray, Jeremy W.; Dowd, William N.; Mills, Michael J.; Moen, Phyllis; Wipfli, Bradley; Olson, Ryan; Kelly, Erin L.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 9, 01.09.2015, p. 943-951.

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Barbosa, Carolina ; Bray, Jeremy W. ; Dowd, William N. ; Mills, Michael J. ; Moen, Phyllis ; Wipfli, Bradley ; Olson, Ryan ; Kelly, Erin L. / Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention : Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 57, No. 9. pp. 943-951.
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