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Unit #5

5th Annotated Bibliography

Reviewed by Rebecca Meana

November 27, 2012

Harte, K., Mahieu, K., Mallett, D., Norville, J., VanderWerf, S., Improving Workplace Productivity—It Isn't Just About Reducing Absence. Benefits Quarterly; 2011 Third Quarter, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p13-26

The following article was produced by 5 authors who specialize as health care consultants from Aon Hewitt in a variety of capacities. Kathy Harte is senior clinical health care consultant and holds a BA in science and a MBA from Mercy College. Kathleen Maheiu is a senior health management consultant for Aon Hewitt and holds a BA in science and an MBA from Sacred Heart University. David Mallett is a senior consultant and a MBA and health care administration from Quinninpiac University. Julie Norville is senior VP and holds a Master degree in clinical case management/vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Alabama. Sander VanderWerf is a senior consultant and a has a master's degree in health science from the University of Florida. This article is geared towards organizations or members of management that are looking to address immediate tactical issues while it develops its broader strategy with regards to data management, absence program design and management, employee health and wellness, and behavioral health.

This article addresses the issues of abseentism in the workplace due to health and behavioral issues, the cost to the employer, and how companies can take preventive measures to ensure the best productivity possible in employees. According to the acrticle, “a comprehensive health and productvity strategy encompasses several key tactical aspects that, when successfully linked, support and influence

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an employer's ability to influence workforce productivity” (Harte, Mahieu, Mallett, Norville, VanderWerf, p. 23). At the same time that employers are trying to increase productivity, they are also trying to cut costs as well....
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