The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought many research disciplines together to study how to improve the health and well-being of workers and their families. Our research is providing scientific evidence about how work-family conflict can affect people’s sleep, energy levels, blood pressure, and exercise habits. It can even affect parent’s relationships with their children.
In 2008, the Work, Family and Health Network embarked on a multi-site randomized controlled trial of an intervention to change the work environment. It was delivered in two very different work environments: to over 1,000 information technology professionals, and to more than 700 hourly service workers in 15 long-term health care facilities. The researchers are now analyzing the data collected over the 5-year study period.