Why encourage staff to move more and sit less?
Sitting for long periods is harmful to our health. Creating a safe, healthy work environment is the responsibility of employers. Physical inactivity and sitting for long periods is directly linked to a significant number of health risks including cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, weight gain and obesity and musculo-skeletal issues.
Organisations that implement health and wellbeing strategies can reduce their employees’ health risk factors by up to 56%.
Employees with poor health take up to nine times more sick leave than their healthy counterparts
The financial cost of poor health is estimated at over $7 billion per year, Australia-wide.
How does moving more and sitting less impact on productivity?
Moving more and sitting less improves health. Healthy employees are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy counterparts.
Employees that move more and sit less feel more energetic, more focussed, more productive, happier, healthier and less stressed.
What’s the return on investment for encouraging staff to Move More and Sit Less?
Improved employee wellbeing increases productivity, morale and staff retention. International research shows an average return of almost 6:1 for every $ invested in health and wellbeing.
Can implementing a Move More Sit Less culture help make us an employer of choice?
Yes! Over 50% of workers consider an employer’s attitude to workplace health and wellbeing as a key factor in seeking employment.
What will it cost to implement an MMSL culture in my workplace?
There are plenty of options to include in your workplace that don’t cost anything, such as giving permission to stand during meetings, encouraging staff to go for a short walk during the day, inviting staff to bring in active clothing and footwear. We have plenty of tips and ideas you can download from our website. Standing desks and high tables are not as expensive as you think – you can pick up a standing desk for the cost of a good quality ergonomic chair and you can share the desk in a work area.