Final Report - 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been concerned about employees’ health and well-being for several years, especially as they relate to workplace productivity and safety. Additionally, the DOE’s reliance on an aging workforce makes it even more critical for the Department to ensure that its programs and policies support employees, regardless of their age, to perform their jobs safely, while maintaining productivity, overall health, and well-being. The DOE asked researchers from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (UMSSW) to study the health and productivity of a sample of the DOE workforce. Specific research objectives included: 1) conducting a cross-sectional survey of health and productivity at DOE; 2) employing a valid and reliable standardized measure to assess the relationship between chronic health conditions and productivity at DOE, with attention to the needs of an aging workforce; and 3) reviewing trends in health and productivity data for various age groups and major job classification groups at DOE.