employee physical health

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Small business employees could be doing serious long term damage to their health by taking advantage of flexible working, according to a report by Furniture123.co.uk. The survey of 1,004 UK workers revealed that while 41% choose to work at home at least one day a week – the vast majority don’t operate in an office-like setting. In fact, just 19% sit in an actual chair like they would during a normal day, suggesting they could be doing untold harm to their posture by not sitting correctly for long periods. While 34% of those who work from home claim to do their work at a desk within their home, 24% admit to carry out their role while lying on their couch. Millennial workers aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely not to work in an appropriate setup, with just 13% using an actual desk. Wh... »

“Poorly Thought-Out Strategies” As Employers Favour Physical Wellbeing Over Mental

“Poorly Thought-Out Strategies” As Employers Favour Physical Wellbeing Over Mental

UK business owners are placing a greater emphasis on the physical health of their employees than their mental health, according to a report by Aon. Their EMEA Health Survey revealed that 57% of employers provide physical well-being programmes to their staff while just 41% of employees have an emotional or psychological programme in place – despite the fact that some 55% of business owners provide staff with some form of social initiative. When it comes to mental health awareness, UK bosses are also lagging behind in contrast to their European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) counterparts as 40% of EMEA enterprises surveyed had a defined employee health strategy, compared to just 30% of British businesses. Despite a lack of action on the part of UK business owners, 63% of employers ... »