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Health and Productivity—Fact Sheet

compiled by Betty Cohen

April 2008—The Center's fact sheet, Health & Productivity in the Multi-Generational Workplace, addresses the issue of maintaining productivity in the aging workforce. Loss of time due to illness adversely affects workplace productivity, the fact sheet examines the loss of productive work time among age cohorts. Illness and injury among workers are examined in terms of short-term disability, long-term disability, and pain issues. These issues cause a decline in productivity, which in turn causes loss for employers. The health trends among age cohorts tend toward more short-term disability claims among younger workers, and more long-term disability claims among older workers. Loss of work time due to pain, including head aches, back pain, and arthritis was slightly more common among younger workers.

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