In the UK…
Half a million
Between £26.6bn to £29.3bn annually
is being spent on presenteeism (2)
£18 billion annually
The amount of time your employees are spending sitting could be contributing to these issues. Data shows that desk-based employees spend a large proportion of their day sitting down.
Office-based staff spend a large portion of their day sitting… (4)
of working hours are spent sedentary
of people that are sedentary at work are found to be more sedentary outside of work
Introducing Stand More At (SMART) Work and Life
Smart Work and Life is an evidence-based programme from the NHS, Smart Work & Life offers a wide range of tools to help organisations to create a dynamic workplace and to encourage employees to sit less whilst working and throughout the rest of their life. In doing so, there are many benefits to employees and employers.
Just 1 hour reduction in workplace sitting has led to… (5)
of staff feeling more energised
feeling more engaged at work
feeling less fatigued after work
of staff experiencing less pain
of staff feeling more focussed
of staff feeling more productive
of staff feeling less stressed
of staff reported an improved quality of life
Our research has found that… (6)
For every £1.00 an employer invested
Employee productivity improved
By an average of 1.75 hours per week over a 12 month period
- Health Service Executive (2021). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders statistics in Great Britain, 2021. [online] Available at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/causdis/msd.pdf [Accessed 8 Aug. 2022].
- Deloitte (2022). Mental health and employers: The case for investment – pandemic and beyond. [online] Available at: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/consultancy/deloitte-uk-mental-health-report-2022.pdf
- FirstCare (2019). CHANGE AT WORK. [online] Available at: https://tinyurl.com/4m6xdxe5 [Accessed 8 Aug. 2022].
- Clemes SA, O’Connell SE, Edwardson CL. Office workers’ objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity during and outside working hours. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(3):298–303.
- Edwardson C L, Yates T, Biddle S J H, Davies M J, Dunstan D W, Esliger D W et al. Effectiveness of the Stand More AT (SMArT) Work intervention: cluster randomised controlled trial BMJ 2018; 363 :k3870 doi:10.1136/bmj.k3870
- Munir F, Miller P, Biddle SJH, Davies MJ, Dunstan DW, Esliger DW, Gray LJ, O’Connell SE, Waheed G, Yates T, Edwardson CL. A Cost and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Stand More AT Work (SMArT Work) Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(4):1214. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041214