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...
Desk-based employees typically spend 6 hours (~75%) sitting down at work, with ~40-50% of this in prolonged, unbroken bouts. Across the whole day they accumulate ~9-10 hours of sitting. 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 during work hours can lead to staff:
- 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 save your organisations £££s
SMART Work is an evidenced based programme offering a wide range of resources to help organisations create a more dynamic workplace for employees 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!!!