In a groundbreaking study, AQ emerges as a strong predictor of health and absenteeism in employees.
Major UK Insurance Company
AQ theory would predict that high-AQ people would perceive themselves as being healthier, taking fewer prescription medicines, and feeling more fit, energetic, happy, optimistic, successful, and lucky. They would also engage in more exercise, experience less stress, and feel more satisfied with their jobs.
To test these predictions, a 29-item questionnaire was included with the AQ Profile. The questions covered the subject’s perception of specific personal health factors (digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, muscular-skeletal system, stress, fitness, energy, diet, and general health), use of prescribed medicines, exercise, perceptions of happiness, optimism, hardship, luck, success in life, and job satisfaction.
AQ correlates strongly with many health, life, and work factors.
AQ and health perceptions: AQ correlates significantly with an employee’s perception of his or her health, fitness, quality of life, job satisfaction, and other health-related, happiness-related, and job-performance aspects of life.
AQ and attendance: AQ scores demonstrate excellent validity as a reflection of employee work attendance:
- They correlate significantly with days absent from work and with the number of absentee occurrences; the higher the employee’s AQ, the fewer his or her absences.
- They show that high-AQ employees (those who score in the top 10% – 25%) are absent fewer days and less often than low-AQ employees (those who score in the bottom 10% – 25%). The differences are statistically significant and quite large.