Managing and measuring employee health and wellbeing: a review and critique

Mikael H. Caicedo, Maria Martensson, Robin Roslender

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the case for taking employee health and wellbeing into account in some way and to consider a range of objections that might be raised against such exercises. Design/methodology/approach – The paper identifies the existence of a persistent sickness absence as a cause for concern for a range of stakeholders and how it might be accounted for in the light of recent developments within the intellectual capital field. Attention then turns to some of the difficulties such well meaning interventions might encounter, and briefly considers how a self-accounting approach might in some part overcome these. Originality/value – In contrast to viewing sickness absence from a cost perspective, the paper encourages stakeholders to embrace a wider spectrum of ways of seeing to better understand employee health and wellbeing issues in the work place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)436-459
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Accounting and Organizational Change
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Absenteeism
    • Employee productivity
    • Ethics
    • Human resource management
    • Personal health
    • Self assessment


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