Over one million adults are in employment in Greater Manchester, 24.9% of whom are inactive. With 60% of their waking hours at work for many over 50% of their day is sedentary, this inactivity is a real cause for concern.
Inactive staff have reduced workplace productivity and are at increased risk of health problems; 1.7% of working days in GM are lost each year to sickness and absence, with an estimated statutory sick pay cost to employers in our region of £90m. It is therefore essential that employers support their staff to move more during the working day for both their employees’, and business’ health.
We know there are many ways an active lifestyle is beneficial; it supports physical and mental wellbeing, reduces health problems and decreases stress levels. Just 90 minutes of activity per week during working hours can translate to increased earnings of 7.5%. With physically active employees taking 27% less sick days than those who are inactive, the financial benefits of workplace activity for employers are huge.
An increasing number of employers are seeing the benefits of a physically active workforce and are taking steps to enable physical activity at work. We know why staff need to move more and GM Moving partners across the city-region have some great ideas and offers of support to help employers to achieve this.
By increasing activity in the workplace, we can build more opportunities to move more, each day, into people’s lives.
GreaterSport and other trusted partners are running a series of workshops to support workplace health and wellbeing. As well as events on being an Active Workplace you can expect sessions on the psychology of work and support for employers as the world starts to get back to normal after the Covid-19 Pandemic.
As part of Greater Manchester’s local pilot project, Tameside Council is supporting its region’s organisations to find more opportunities to adopt active workplaces and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their teams.
The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) NHS group run the E-bike hire scheme in partnership with Manchester Bike Hire and they share how the scheme is supporting people to keep moving.