A recent article by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reported that ‘more than two-fifths of employees feel work pressures have damaged their health in the past five years by causing them to eat badly, put on weight, smoke and drink more, and exercise less.’
The research was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the British Heart Foundation on over 1,000 workers. 43% of respondents said their job was stopping them from doing the amount of exercise they wanted to.
60% said that they did unpaid overtime regularly and over 50% described their stress levels as having increased in the last five years because of their job.
There are many steps which organisations can take to support their staff and encourage positive health, such as organising regular sporting activity and encouraging regular breaks.
Aspire Cambridge recently introduced a new initiative, offering free neck and shoulder massages to staff once a month, which has been very well received by the team. The massages were carried out by Helen from Yaura Beauty, who specialises in massage therapy.
Providing free fruit to employees can also be a good way to encourage healthy eating, which also proves popular with the Aspire Cambridge team.
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