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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master’s Thesis
Title Perceptions about physical activity and its associated benefits among employees: case study in 12 Multinational Companies in Pakistan
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/bitstream/handle/123456789/51540/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201610054277.pdf?sequence=​1
This thesis focus on the perceptions of the employees working in Multinational
Corporations (MNCs) in Pakistan, with regards to their physical activity and its associated
benefits. Previous research has shown that physical activity is positively associated with
on-job productivity and life satisfaction of the employees across the world. With no such
research being carried out in Pakistan before, this thesis aims to focus on the same factors,
but uses employees’ perceptions rather than employing an intervention study. Furthermore
associated benefits of physical activity such as reduced healthcare cost, decrease in
exposure to various heath-risks and reduced presenteeism were also addressed within the
scope of this thesis. An attempt was made to use recalled levels of physical activity to
check whether the benefits associated with physical activity can be observed within the
target audience as well or not.
In order to collect relevant data, an e-questionnaire was utilized and sent out to relevant
Human Resources departments of the MNCs operating in Pakistan. After completing the
analysis on the collected data, this study found out that employees working in MNCs
operating in Pakistan did positively associate physical activity with their on-job
productivity and life satisfaction. Though it was noted that the duration of the recalled
level of physical activity did not have an impact on the presenteeism cost and the number
of health risks that the employees were exposed. In addition to that it was observed that
obesity was a bigger issue in the younger employees and was the most frequently reported
health risk by the employees. Furthermore, presenteeism costs were higher for employees
who reported being obese as compared to those employees who did not report being obese.
If the employers implement the findings of this thesis, it can help reduce presenteeism
costs and therefore help in increasing the productivity of their workforce. Trying to
physically activate the workforce can help improve job and life satisfaction of the

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