Return on Investment


Compiled by Lauren Hall and Melissa Brown, MSW

Topic Page Advisors:
Alyssa Friede Westring, PhD and Stephen Sweet, PhD

Return on investment (ROI) is a tool that measures the economic return of a project or investment. Innovative practices that may help employers reduce health care costs, curtail absenteeism, and nurture a committed workforce offer the potential for positive returns on investment. An ROI framework suggests that family responsive practices facilitate employee satisfaction and the ability to engage in productive work, which is not only good for families, but also for employers. Such policies may also yield a ROI by enhancing the image of the company, resulting in improved attraction and recruitment of new employees, positive press about the company, and an increase in shareholder value.

Updated: July 2009