Many businesses and organisations have a growing awareness of how the health and wellbeing of their workforce impacts organisational productivity, creativity and culture.
These organisations, and their employees, are increasingly recognising that sedentary jobs, which require prolonged desk working, have a negative effect on their employees’ health and wellbeing.
While provisions such as Mental Health First Aiders and Health Insurance are beneficial, they are limited by being reactive in nature. Many forward-thinking organisations are now going further and proactively tackling the root cause of the problem - inactivity.
They are using the incredible power of ‘activity’ to improve not just the health of their employees, but the efficiency, culture and effectiveness of their entire organisation.
Around 70% of UK jobs are now largely sedentary, requiring employees to sit still for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
More than 50% of us do work which is classed as ‘inactive’. We work for prolonged periods at computer screens, doing research, analysing data, coding software and now communicating with our colleagues through video calls.
And as we sit, our hearts become weaker, our muscles soften, and essential maintenance mechanisms that are triggered by activity… well they remain dormant, doing nothing.
It’s not just our health which suffers. Working at desks and screens for long periods saps our energy, lowers our creativity, and lessens our drive.
Regular physical activity is the single most potent way to improve physical and mental health. Businesses with active workforces have lower sickness rates, lower staff turnover and are more effective and productive.
The NHS and WHO Guidelines recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week, strengthening activities on two days, and reduce time spent sitting. Regularly achieving these goals reduces risks from:
Regularly achieving the NHS activity guidelines lowers our risk of early death by a whopping 30%
The benefits of regular physical activity extend way beyond reducing our risks of illness. Activity and exercise have been shown to:
These are the very benefits that set employees up for success in both their personal and professional lives.
We work with organisations which care about their employees.
Active Teams has won the Bristol Life Health and Wellbeing Award 2023, a wonderful recognition of the progress we've made, and continue to make, towards creating healthier employees and stronger teams.
But that's not all, we're a finalist in the 'For Good' category in the SPARKies 2023 and in the 'Health and Wellbeing' category for the EntreConf Awards 2023.
Learn how we're boosting workplace health and performance using 'The Miracle Cure' of activity.