Thompson Rivers University

Relaxation programs can result in higher job satisfaction, increased productivity and better health claim researchers.

April 11, 2013

The days are just packedHasnat Dewan from Economics and Len Hutt from Management just received news that their paper entitled “Can the relaxation programs really improve job satisfaction and lower health care costs by reducing stress-related symptoms?” has been accepted for publication in the A.T. Business Management Review. According to the researchers relaxation programs are aimed at reducing stress-related physical, experiential and psychological symptoms – all of which affect employee productivity, job satisfaction, and health care costs. Based on self-assessment of 2,645 individuals, their study shows that some physical, experiential and psychological symptoms are correlated. A four-week stress reduction program was found to reduce many of those symptoms significantly. It also improved job satisfaction for some groups. They suggest that a preventive measure (relaxation program) with a cost of less than 600 Canadian dollars can not only improve the quality of life for some, but can also increase their productivity and decrease health care costs. If the findings of this study can be confirmed with other studies that would mean that stress reduction programs could effectively lower demand for certain types of health services, and therefore, reduce publicly or corporately borne medical expenses.

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