An unhealthy workforce is an unhappy workplace.

Each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29 billion. Presenteeism – attending work while sick – is valued at an average cost to employers of £605 per employee per year, due to reduced productivity.

An active, healthy workforce means a happy, healthy business.

  • increased productivity
  • lower rates of early retirement due to ill health
  • reduced absenteeism and quick return to work after illness
  • fewer workplace injuries
  • greater staff retention
  • engaged employees
  • reduced costs to train new staff
  • improvements in communications
  • a more positive corporate image.

On average, we spend 60% of our waking hours at work and most of this time is spent sitting. Being inactive is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality. However, just 150 minutes of activity a week, or 20-30 minutes every day, is all that is needed to improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Being active has many positive effects on work performance, but it can also improve motivation, energy and stress levels.

We’re here to help

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to invest in your workplace health and wellbeing. We’d love to help you and your business get active so get in touch using the form below and start your journey towards a happy, healthy business.

Katie Bareford

Katie Bareford

Health & Wellbeing Officer

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