2010

Authors

  • Libby Holden Libby Holden
  • Paul Scuffham Paul Scuffham
  • Michael F. Hilton Michael F. Hilton
  • Nerina Vecchio Nerina Vecchio
  • Harvey A. Whiteford Harvey A. Whiteford

Objectives: To demonstrate the importance of including a range of working conditions in models exploring the association between health- and workrelated performance. Methods: The Australian Work Outcomes Research Cost-benefit study cross-sectiol screening data set was used to explore health-related absenteeism and work performance losses on a sample of approximately 78,000 working Australians, including available demographic and working condition factors. Data collected using the World Health Organization Health and Productivity Questionire were alyzed with negative binomial logistic regression and multinomial logistic regressions for absenteeism and work performance, respectively. Results: Hours expected to work, annual wage, and job insecurity play a vital role in the association between health- and work-related performance for both work attendance and self-reported work performance. Conclusions: Australian working conditions are contributing to both absenteeism and low work performance, regardless of health status.