Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network

Carolina Barbosa, Jeremy W. Bray, William N. Dowd, Michael J. Mills, Phyllis Moen, Brad Wipfli, Ryan Olson, Erin L. Kelly

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


To estimate the return on investment (ROI) of a workplace initiative to reduce work-family conflict in a group-randomized 18-month field experiment in an information technology firm in the United States. Methods: Intervention resources were micro-costed; benefits included medical costs, productivity (presenteeism), and turnover. Regression models were used to estimate the ROI, and cluster-robust bootstrap was used to calculate its confidence interval. Results: For each participant, model-adjusted costs of the intervention were $690 and company savings were $1850 (2011 prices). The ROI was 1.68 (95% confidence interval,-8.85 to 9.47) and was robust in sensitivity analyses. Conclusion: The positive ROI indicates that employers' investment in an intervention to reduce work-family conflict can enhance their business. Although this was the first study to present a confidence interval for the ROI, results are comparable with the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-951
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Work-family conflict
  • financial outcomes
  • prevention research
  • return on investment
  • supervisor support
  • workplace flexibility
  • workplace intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this