AXA PPP healthcare has published a bite-sized Manager guide to promoting an active workforce.
This complements the healthcare company’s sponsorship of ukactive’s National Fitness Day, when employers throughout the country pushed back the start of the working day by an hour to give employees an extra hour for their personal fitness.
Chris Horlick, Distribution Director for AXA PPP healthcare, said: “We know from our own research1 that over a quarter of employees (27 per cent) don’t do any exercise during the working week. Not surprising when nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) also tell us their employer doesn’t encourage them to lead an active lifestyle. The findings also strongly indicate that bosses aren’t putting into practice what they know about fitness. In our recent poll of bosses¹, 82 per cent said they believed that exercise has a positive bearing on employees’ ability to handle stress and 78 per cent agreed it boosts productivity. We hope our simple guide will help management to mind the fitness gap in their organisations.”
Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, founder of National Fitness Day, added: “Physical inactivity is the asbestos of the 21st Century, wreaking havoc in the workplace and harming bottom lines through ill health, low productivity and high absenteeism. It's storing up a vast number of lifestyle related diseases for employees later in life. That’s why it’s great to be working with AXA PPP healthcare to highlight the benefits of a more active workforce and encouraging employers to make regular movement a staple of the working day.”