Getting Britain ‘On Your Feet’

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Absenteeism in the workplace is costing the average British firm almost £5,000 per week. This is a staggering fact and which more and more employers are starting to recognise as a key issue in the working environment. Wellbeing initiatives such as on-site gyms and free fruit days are becoming increasingly popular as employers try to motivate their workforce to stay healthy and fit.

This week sees workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to get themselves up and on their feet.  National On Your Feet Britain Day takes place in April.

Whether you ask them to stand during a phone call, use the stairs and not the lift, ban internal email so they have to walk to colleague’s desks, walk to work or you launch a lunchtime fitness workshop, these can all help to improve the health and wellbeing of your employees.

The effects of prolonged sitting down are daunting. The majority of the country spends more than 8 hours a day sitting down, which can increase your risk of certain illnesses by up to 40%. On top of this you can:

  • Increase the muscle loading in your neck and shoulder muscles
  • See an increase in pain and/or spasms from a decrease in muscular activity
  • Suffer from static muscle fatigue
  • Have a 64% increased risk of heart problems, amongst other things

As a health cash plan provider, Health Shield believes in supporting the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders and employees. That’s why we gave all our colleagues the opportunity to acquire a Fitbit. This encourages employees to monitor their steps and #sitless and #movemore during their working hours.

Join over 500,000 office workers united in their aim to ‘wiggle it, waggle it, just don’t sit on it’. For more information or to get involved visit