In the UK, half a million employees annually suffer from work-related musculoskeletal issues. Currently, £12.2 billion is spent annually on presenteeism and £10.6 billion on sickness absenteeism. The amount of time staff spend sitting could be contributing to these issues. Continue reading to find out why...
On average adults spend 9-10 hours per day sitting down. Desk-based employees in particular spend a lot of their waking day sitting and typically spend ~6 hours (~75%) sitting down whilst working, with ~40-50% of this in prolonged, unbroken bouts. Evidence shows that people who sit a lot in comparison to those who don't are at a much higher risk of:
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Reduced cognitive function
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Larger waist circumference
- Depression and anxiety
- Feeling fatigued
- Lower quality of life
Good news - Just a 1 hour reduction in sitting each day can lead to people:
- feeling more energised, focussed and productive
- feeling more engaged at work
- feeling less stressed
- experiencing less back and neck pain
- reporting an improved quality of life
This could improve your health and wellbeing and could save organisations £££s
SMART Work & Life is an evidenced based programme offering a wide range of resources to help create a more dynamic environment to sit less.
Did you know that 95% of desk-based workers report wanting to sit less at work??? They also said they would feel more valued if their employer encouraged such changes!
So why not sign up today and improve the health and wellbeing of your workforce. It's free!!!