Is your workplace detrimental or damaging your health?

A new survey has arrived that more than one in two UK office workers believe their health is being impaired by their office. There has been an important focus on wellbeing at work in the past few years and yet a new study has found that 53% of 2,000 UK employees polled said they thought that their workplace was bad for their overall health.

The conclusions also disclose that two-thirds of employees spend more than 60% of their time at work sitting down, and one third say that they sit down for more than 80% of their working day. The survey, conducted by 3GEM Research for Home Leisure Direct, has found that 90% of employee respondents said that a healthy workplace is "fundamental" to their work-life balance.

"Considering we spend so much of our time at work, it's no surprise that it's likely to have an impact on our health," said Andy Beresford, md of Home Leisure Direct. Almost half (44%) admit that they do not get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, and 72% of respondents say they are worried about their lack of activity. 

A new trial of a four-day working week has been found to recover productivity and reduce employee stress. New Zealand financial services firm Perpetual Guardian switched its 240 staff from a five-day week to a four-day week last year and continued their pay. The trial was examined by academics at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.

Study of the results has shown that efficiency improved and there was no drop in the total amount of work done. In addition, staff stress levels fell from 45% to 38% and work-life balance scores increased from 54% to 78%. Source marketingdonut UK released the press news.
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