“Sitting is the New Smoking”, Encourage Your Employees to be Active and Fit

Sitting is the New Smoking", Encourage Your Employees to be Active and Fit

Perhaps you have also heard this: “Sitting is like the new smoking.” Regretfully, most of us would plead guilty as charged to this. Yes, according to a study, we normally sit more than eight hours a day in the office, and this is just as unhealthy as lighting up to smoke. But the good news is: You can prevent your employees from falling into this lethargic trap by providing them some tips and solutions to stay healthy. Here is why you need to encourage your staff to move.

The benefits you might potentially gain, which includes less sick days, increased staff loyalty, and discount on your business health insurance program may make this venture worth investing in. Encourage Exercise Group When your company lacks the ability to develop on-site gym for employees, you may encourage them to instead join exercise groups

A Wellness Program Can Help Your Employees Thrive

A Wellness Program Can Help Your Employees Thrive

I also believe that having irritable and sick employees poses more of a financial risk than having such a program in place. Cost of Sick Days Another benefit is that psychologically, it gives the employees the ability to decompress, socialize and therefore, their productivity should go up. According to an article from DecodedScience.com, whooping cough the use of sick days, especially during cold and flu season causes losses of productivity in the US annually of $80,000,000 and the absenteeism rate goes up to 32% and the loss of profits is a staggering $17 billion dollars. To my mind, these are absolutely unacceptable losses.

As a direct result, I lost money as did my employer and I lost clients as a direct result. Health Issues Absolutely, there is a direct link between sitting at a desk all day and heart disease, stroke and other problems, not to mention back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches