Why be an in motion Workplace?
We typically spend more waking hours either at work or commuting to and from work than we do anywhere else. Studies confirm there are many benefits to promoting physical activity and wellness in the workplace, including decreased absenteeism, lower annual turnover rates, reduced medical care costs and increased productivity. A big part of bringing company costs down while keeping employee satisfaction high is to proactively invest in employee health.
From the Public Health Agency of Canada:
- Sixteen million Canadians spend half of their waking hours at work.
- The majority of Canadians are sedentary at work.
- Canada’s workforce is aging. Benefit costs and absenteeism will likely escalate if older workers do not increase their physical activity levels (this applies to workers of all ages too).
- Active employees take 27% fewer sick days and report 14-25% fewer disability days (Plotnikoff et. al, 2003).
- Active employees have a 25% reduction in the incidence of injury (Plotnikoff et. al, 2003).
We strive to help people understand and value the importance of physical activity by promoting in motion in the workplace. Workplaces that encourage employees to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines will not only benefit from happier, healthier employees, but a wide range of reductions in employee-related operating costs.