Why get involved in Workplace Health?
It's widely known that employee wellbeing plays a major part in business performance and productivity, helping to increase output. It is vital that businesses invest in their workforce to keep staff happy, healthy and productive! (click here for some great Public Health England infographics for use in any business case).
Sitting for more than 4 hours a day - irrespective of our level of physical activity - leads to increased risks of: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, backache, dementia, depression and muscle degeneration (see www.getbritainstanding.org).
Public Health England report that 1 in 6 people of working age have a diagnosable mental health condition, which costs employers £30bn p.a. through lost production, absence and recruitment. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce our risk of developing depression by as much as 30%.
What we can help with
If you want to improve your team's wellbeing, we can help with:
• bespoke support to help get employees fitter and healthier.
• advice to enable your teams to build exercise into their working day.
• workplace activity champions' training.
• health checks, pedometer challenges, sports days, wellbeing events and courses to help beat stress.
• lunchtime activities such as a running club, and provide details of instructors for other 'office friendly' activities.
Other resources & info
Active 10 - did you know that walking briskly for 10 minutes counts as exercise? Download the free 'Active 10' app from the NHS to keep track of the amount of brisk walking you are doing and how you can fit more into your day.
British Heart Foundation - join BHF's ‘Health at Work’ scheme to access some great resources and get your colleagues active
Cancer Research UK - stay fit and help beat cancer; encourage a team to take part in the Race for Life
Deskercise - NCHPAD offer 20 exercises to get moving throughout your working day, even at your desk.
Fitness trackers - whether it's a Fitbit or a Garmin, smartwatches motivate individuals to reach health and fitness goals by tracking activity, exercise, sleep and more. Read this fitness tracker article for ideas.
Glowsports - the illumination of sports, fitness and play makes being active a total sensory and fun experience (such as table tennis and badminton). Why not designate a room for lunchtimes?
I am 1 in 4 - read their articles produced weekly with the aim of reducing the stigma around mental health.
Mental Health Foundation - read the e-book on how to encourage good mental health in the workplace.
Mind - Mind believe that employers must take care of their staff, emotionally as well as physically. Their website provides a range of resources to improve mental wellbeing and employee engagement.
MYZONE - those who like their exercice can wear their MZ-3 belt and track your exercise everywhere. Challenge, share and compare your results with colleagues and achieve your goals.
Standing desks - increasingly popular, these are sold by a number of providers such as Sit-Stand.com who produce these tips on standing desks. You can choose from the sort of hi-tech solutions provided by EFG to models from IKEA.
Wildgoose - try a new and innovative way to engage and motivate your team with Wildgoose’s award winning technology. They provide treasure hunts, team building activities and events that can take place in any location, and claim to deliver positive ROI.
Cycling schemes & services
Bike2Work offer the Government scheme which can save employees up to 42% on the cost of bikes and equipment
Cyclescheme can help you save up to 25% on a bike used to travel to work.
Docks at Woking, Redhill and Guildford train stations provide 24/7 Brompton bike hire from as little as £1.60 a day.
Surrey County Council provide information on cycle training, cycle routes, borough plans, examples of cycle facilities and more.
For more information on how to get your employees active and help your bottom line, contact us by email or call 01483 518944.