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Barriers and facilitators to participation in workplace health promotion (WHP) activities: results from a cross-sectional survey of public-sector employees in Tasmania, Australia

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Kilpatrick, M and Blizzard, L and Sanderson, K and Teale, B and Jose, K and Venn, A, Barriers and facilitators to participation in workplace health promotion (WHP) activities: results from a cross-sectional survey of public-sector employees in Tasmania, Australia, Health Promotion Journal of Australia pp. 1-8. ISSN 1036-1073 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Journal compilation copyright Australian Health Promotion Association 2017

DOI: doi:10.1071/HE16052

Abstract

Issue addressed: Workplaces are promising settings for health promotion, yet employee participation in workplace health promotion (WHP) activities is often low or variable. This study explored facilitating factors and barriers associated with participation in WHP activities that formed part of a comprehensive WHP initiative run within the Tasmanian State Service (TSS) between 2009 and 2013.

Methods: TSS employee (n=3228) completed surveys in 2013. Data included sociodemographic characteristics, employee-perceived availability of WHP activities, employee-reported participation in WHP activities, and facilitators and barriers to participation. Ordinal log-link regression was used in cross-sectional analyses.

Results: Significant associations were found for all facilitating factors and participation. Respondents who felt their organisation placed a high priority on WHP, who believed that management supported participation or that the activities could improve their health were more likely to participate. Time- and health-related barriers were associated with participation in fewer activities. All associations were independent of age, sex, work schedule and employee-perceived availability of programs. Part-time and shift-work patterns, and location of activities were additionally identified barriers.

Conclusion: Facilitating factors relating to implementation, peer and environmental support, were associated with participation in more types of activities, time- and health-related barriers were associated with less participation.

So what?: Large and diverse organisations should ensure WHP efforts have manager support and adopt flexible approaches to maximise employee engagement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:behaviour change, engagement, health behaviour, healthy environments
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Occupational Health
Author:Kilpatrick, M (Mrs Michelle Kilpatrick)
Author:Blizzard, L (Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard)
Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
Author:Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)
Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:114197
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-02-08
Last Modified:2017-04-05
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