Evaluating the Impact of The Live Healthy, Work Healthy Program on Organizational Outcomes: A Randomized Field Experiment

Nicholas J. Haynes, Robert J. Vandenberg, Mark G. Wilson, David M. DeJoy, Heather M. Padilla, Matthew Lee Smith

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The prevalence of chronic health conditions is increasing, with over half the current workforce attempting to manage one or more chronic conditions. The Live Healthy, Work Healthy (LHWH) program is a version of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program translated to the workplace, with the goal of improving and sustaining the health, well-being, and productivity of employees living with chronic health conditions. Using organizational support theory as a theoretical framework and a clustered randomized controlled trial design, this article demonstrates how the LHWH program positively impacts work-related quality of life, orientations toward the organization, and organizational cognitions and behaviors. Participants in the program experienced increases in perceived organizational support (POS), with a large intervention effect. Direct intervention effects were also found for burnout, work engagement, work ability, affective organizational commitment, and organizational citizenship behaviors. Within-person changes in POS during the intervention was a key mechanism through which participants of the program experienced changes in organizationally relevant outcomes. Finally, offering the program on work time strengthened these effects indirectly through greater changes in POS during the intervention period. This article provides evidence to researchers and organizational decision-makers that offering the LHWH program not only improves the health and well-being of employees but also improves important organizational outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1780
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 23 2021


  • Chronic health conditions
  • Perceived organizational support
  • Translational research
  • Workplace wellness intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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