1 in 4 employees don’t get enough exercise and employees who find it difficult to exercise during the day are 96% less likely to be productive.[i]
Why encourage exercise?
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Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and musculoskeletal disorders are major causes of low productivity and absenteeism.[ii] And many of these are due to poor diet and lack of exercise, with a high body mass index (BMI) identified as a significant risk factor for chronic disease.[iv]
5 easy ways to get employees moving.
- Lead from the top. Consider the potential in management posting their own exercise progress, or department heads working out alongside their teams.[ii]
- Lay the groundwork. Invest time and effort in raising awareness on exercise-related health topics. Make sure your staff knows why they’re being asked to be more active and how to do so safely. [v]
- Go company-wide. Think of social activities which bring together people who might not otherwise interact at work and strengthen team spirit.[ii]
- Make goals clear. Whether it’s management measuring absenteeism and presenteeism, or employees setting personal goals, the objective always has to be clear.[v]
- Make it fun and voluntary!
[i] Mitchell RJ, Bates P. Measuring Health-Related Productivity Loss. Popul Health Manag. 2011;14(2):93-98. doi:10.1089/pop.2010.0014.
[ii] Schofield D, Shrestha RN, Cunich MM, et al. Economic costs of chronic disease through lost productive life years (PLYs) among Australians aged 45–64 years from 2015 to 2030: results from a microsimulation model. BMJ Open. 2016;6(9):e011151. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011151.
[iii] The GBD 2015 Obesity Collaborators. Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years. N Engl J Med. 2017; 377:13-27.DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1614362.
[iv] Quintiliani L, Sattelmair J, Sorensen G. The workplace as a setting for interventions to improve diet and promote physical activity. Background paper prepared for the WHO/WEF Joint Event on Preventing Noncommunicable Diseases in the Workplace (Dalian/ China, September 2007).