Influence of work on happiness and health

How can work affect your health, and how is your health and well-being influenced once you reach retirement age? To answer the first part of the question, Leyden Academy is working together with the Technical University Delft on the Health Coach Programme. TU Delft employees participating in the health programme receive personal coaching which, supplemented with an e-dashboard, can gain insight into stress, exercise patterns and diet. This form of health self-managment by means of e-health is an unusual innovation for occupational medicine. Leyden Academy has executed the (medical) effect analysis for this programme, based upon random controlled research. After six weeks, initial results already indicate a drop in blood pressure, some weight loss and a favourable cholesterol measurement. It remains to be seen how sustainable these positive effects will last.

To answer the second part of the question regarding retirement, Aegon’s periodic Retirement Readiness Survey is being amended to include a vision statement regarding flexibility surrounding retirement time. Furthermore, ILC Global Alliance partners are researching whether early or late retirement has an effect over other cognitive abilities at an older age.

For more information contact Marieke van der Waal.