Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Retrospective Multiple Case Study of Workplace Wellness Programs Empowering Employee Weight Loss
by Anderson, Roxanne M., Ph.D., Capella University, 2018, 248; 10932413
Abstract (Summary)

Workplace wellness programs (WWPs) aim to curtail health-care expenditures while increasing employees’ health and wellness. However, WWPs are not effective at helping employees affected by obesity, and participants may be penalized with higher health care costs for not meeting biometric markers. The disease burden to treat the related health conditions for those with obesity cost $1.42 trillion in 2014 and continues to increase. This retrospective multiple case study examined seven companies and 10 employees within the theoretical framework of positive psychology and global well-being models to identify themes. The employees were exemplary cases that lost 3% BMI or 10 pounds of weight and kept it off for six months or more while utilizing their WWP. Eight themes emerged including meaningful relationships, vitality, positive emotions, resilience, optimism, confidence, trust/faith, and hope. The eight themes provided insights for a unique way to integrate and examine positive psychological capital and positive organizational health as a strategy for long-term well-being, weight loss, and health in WWPs. The top four themes identified extrinsic shared motivational constructs that could be identified and strengthened by values in action and positive psychology interventions to promote WWP engagement and success. An organization supporting a health and wellness culture can benefit over time with healthier, happier, and productive employees. The lower four themes offered awareness of intrinsic motivation and self-concepts for deeper meaning within the context of weight loss and maintenance. This research presents a template (Weight and Wellness Mindset) to organize positive psychological variables that may be examined through quantitative research. The positive psychological constructs may be measurable to promote hedonic and eudemonic well-being and impact employees’ engagement and success in WWPs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bruch, Angela
Commitee: Fremont, Paula, Jarvis, Sara
School: Capella University
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Global well-being, Obesity, Positive functional psychology, Positive organizational health, Weight and wellness mindset, Workplace wellness programs
Publication Number: 10932413
ISBN: 978-0-438-36243-7
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