According to the Australian Government Department of Health, healthy workers are almost three times more productive in the workplace than their colleagues, and long periods of physical inactivity is one of the biggest health concerns currently facing the Australian workforce.
From a management perspective, encouraging employees to make positive health decisions in their personal life can be difficult which presents a significant barrier to increasing overall office health and productivity.
However, while convincing your staff to make diet changes or join a gym can be challenging, CardioDesk allows you to integrate an unobtrusive “standing and movement” program into the daily office routine that will have a significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of your employees.
Increase Health And Productivity By Moving More
In a study by Medibank (2009) it was shown that around 77% of an office worker’s day is spent in a state of minimal energy expenditure, usually characterised by sitting down or not moving for long periods of time.
While physical inactivity has the obvious long term links to issues like chronic disease and obesity, it may be having a more immediate impact on office productivity through often overlooked aspects of efficiency like:
- Working while unwell (presenteesim)
- Focus throughout the day
- Application of office training
- Motivation and job satisfaction
A collaborative study between the University of Sydney and Australian Heart Foundation found that employees who kept active during the work day reported physical benefits from standing and moving more – including feeling more energetic and alert, especially later in the day.
Participants themselves also reported perceived improvements in productivity from moving and standing more throughout the day, while some managers observing that more people standing and moving created a sense of openness and helped encourage staff interaction and communication.
Managers and Directors have a responsibility to create an efficient working environment through boosting productivity iand as Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative has stated;
"This is about hard-core productivity. You will make money if your workforce gets up and gets moving"
So get moving with CardioDesk.