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Costs of Prolonged Sitting to the Employer

Sitting for prolonged periods (longer than 30 minutes at a time) and excessively (more than 4 hours per day in the office) has a contributory effect to a variety of human factor costs which directly hits the bottom line of English business today:

1.  Costs of Absenteeism:
  • The average firm of 250 employees loses £4,800 per week due to sickness absence (ONS)
  • A Confederation of British Industry (CBI) survey, estimates employee absences incur a £15bn cost to the economy p.a.
  • 8.2 million Work days are lost due to mental health and stress related problems. 270,000 employees take time off work for stress related disorders.
  • The TUC estimates that British businesses lose 4.9m days to employee absenteeism through work related back pain at a cost £5bn p.a.
  • Absenteeism in the workplace can fall by as much as 42% through wellness programs
2. Cost of Presenteeism:
  • Reduced productivity when employees come to work disengaged or perform at lower levels as a result of ill health.
  • The Centre for Mental Health calculated that presenteeism from mental ill health costs the UK economy £15.1 billion p.a
3. Increased Productivity, Engagement and Wellbeing:
  • Users of Sit- Stand workstations unanimously claim to be more alert, task-driven and positive.
  • Research shows a direct link between healthy employees and improved performance.
  • Meetings are kept short and efficient.
  • Better posture and reduced risk of back pain.
  • Higher energy levels, especially afternoons.
If you need help preparing the business case for Active Working within your company, Contact Us as we be delighted to help. The vast majority of companies who have introduced sit-stand have lost much of the opportunity by failing to correctly educate and monitor behaviour change.
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