Being inactive is taking a significant toll on our health and wellbeing – it’s as dangerous to our health as smoking. Workers can spend up to three-quarters of their day sat down, which contributes to a range of preventable health conditions, including the two leading causes of workplace absence: back injuries and stress, depression or anxiety. Due to people sitting hunched over PC’s laptops, tablets and smartphones. It comes as no surprise that 4 out of 5 adults will experience back pain when 50-70% of us spend six hours seated. Recent studies show prolonged sitting increases the risk of heart disease by 147% diabetes by 112%, obesity and musculoskeletal Symptoms. The sedentary nature of our jobs means that to improve posture and avoid injury we need to educate and provide your team with support strategies to change sitting habits & encourage exercise and movement
In 2016/17, 1.3 million workers suffered from work-related ill-health, which equated to 25.7 million working days lost. This has been estimated to cost £522 per employee, and up to £32 billion per year for UK business.
Helping your staff to be physically active at work can bring a number of benefits to you as an employer.
- Back pain is the largest single reported cause of absence from work each year
- Average back pain costs £200 for every employee in sickness absence costs each year
- Thirty million sick days were lost in the UK last year due to musculoskeletal conditions
- Fifteen million sick days were lost last year due to stress, anxiety and depression
- Costs for medical fall by about £3.50 for every pound spent on wellness and absenteeism costs fall by about £2.73 for every pound spent.