Is your Top Talent Working Well?
11th August 2021
Absenteeism and presenteeism (reduced performance and productivity due to ill health while at work) are major concerns to both employers and HR professionals
In 2014 it was reported that the average office worker takes 6.5 days of absence. Taken cumulatively UK-wide, this amounts to 190 million working days for absence and approximately £8.4 billion lost annually. And the cost of presenteeism to UK employers is estimated at £15 billion per year – significantly more than absenteeism.
Small wonder then that the growth in interest for office wellness cultures seems to have grown exponentially in recent years. Initially regarded as a minor element of company culture, the business benefits that are now associated with wellness have now given it a high profile.
In 2008 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) published a report on the study, which concluded that “office wellness makes commercial sense”. The table shown clearly demonstrates the areas that are affected.
Costs and Benefits Associated with Wellness Programmes
(Source PWC 2008)
Workplace wellness can take many forms, from an all-embracing culture of health and wellbeing, soft benefits like gym membership to weekly shoulder massages or on site facilities for healthy eating or exercising.
But wellness should start with education. Change management can be challenging and introducing a culture of wellness needs to be carefully managed. Education and early involvement and buy-in from staff are key to success.
With that in mind, the team at Linea Resourcing invited Workplace Wellness specialist Rachael Stuckey to spend two hours educating us about workplace wellness.
Rachael’s session was entertaining, informative and fun. As well as showing us different postures that changed body chemistry, Rachael talked about how to maintain energy levels through the day and gave us ten tips for wonderful workplace wellness…
- Start the day with a good yawn – It resets the body after sleep
- Eat breakfast
- Drink small regular amounts of water through the day
- If desk based – Stand up every 40 minutes for 3minutes
- Limit your caffeine intake to no more that 3 cups of tea/coffee
- Make sure your computer screen is the correct height for you
- Have lunch which is light on carbohydrates
- Don’t have lunch at your desk
- Take a 20 minute walk after lunch – It will slow your digestive system
- Do the ‘Superman Pose’
Click here to find out more about the superhero pose!
The Huffington Post; http://huff.to/1EVvsqz