Research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace has revealed that high stress and a lack of physical activity are causing up to 27 days of productivity time to be lost per employee per year across a variety of industries.
The 2015 survey of more than 32,500 workers across the UK was carried out by VitalityHealth, Mercer, the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe. It found that, while poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes have a severe effect on long-term health, stress and a lack of physical activity had the most effect on day-to-day productivity.
Financial implications of this loss are huge, at around £57b per year and 73% of employees said they suffered from at least one element of work-related stress.
Since its inception in 2013, 230 companies and 65,696 employees have taken part in the study.