Department

Organization Development

Date of Paper/Work

Spring 5-20-2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Organization Development (Ed.D.)

Type of Paper/Work

Dissertation

Advisors

David Jamieson, Jean Davidson, Debra Lindh

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to expand the body of knowledge of organizational wellness programs through the exploration of improving the rate of physical activity by providing the incentives of time and choice. The results of this study may help broaden how organizations view wellness and inspire greater creativity in developing a program that is effective and economical. This study explored the impacts of time and choice on participation in physical activity and the effects of engaging in regular physical activity on presenteeism. Participants engaged in physical activity as part of their regular work schedule for a fourmonth period. Data were collected through interviews and survey instruments. Results indicate that providing time may influence participation in physical activity and contribute towards maintaining or improving the health of employees. Results also support studies in behavior change, which suggest that the success of an organization’s wellness program may be strengthened with strong leadership involvement and support. The outcome of this study warrants application to a larger population and for a longer duration to validate results and possibly strengthen the outcome in other areas of behavior change and presenteeism.

Keywords

wellness, physical activity, presenteeism, organization development, organization effectiveness

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