A healthy workplace benefits all
Public Health England are backing workplace running clubs, lunchtime gym sessions, Yoga classes, standing desks to improve posture and holding walking meetings around the office. In a recent interview with The Observer, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England said he believes that more should be done to help tackle the £29bn annual bill for sickness absence.
Selbie wants action to encourage more staff to cycle to work. HR magazine recently found that 33% of employers believe that cyclists are more productive at work than non-cycling colleagues. Research by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence found that physically active staff take up to 27% fewer sick days.
"Everyone benefits from a healthier workforce: employees, who will benefit better health and be less likely to be off sick; employers, who will reap the benefits of increased productivity and the NHS, which will have less poor health to deal with," said Selbie.
NOTE: Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health. Public Health England have one single aim: to motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that will improve their health.