Prolonged sitting is detrimental to employee health, but it could also be killing your businesses’ productivity and culture.
A new survey commissioned by Ergotron (a Nortek company) found that 61 percent of full-time U.S. employees are more likely to get up and move when they are feeling restless from sitting versus cyberloafing (39 percent) – an activity currently estimated to cost U.S. businesses upwards of $85 billion a year.
The report, JustStand® Index: Getting Productivity Up and Moving, captures the attitudes and actions of today’s workforce in order to measure the adverse effects of sedentary behavior on an employee’s health, but also on the overall health of an organization.
The report analyzed the following five categories:
“Over the last decade or so, employees have become much more health-conscious – being more mindful of the food they eat and the importance of exercise,” said Betsey Banker, Wellness Manager at Ergotron.
“This focus has made its way into the workplace as expectations for employers to provide healthier work environments have escalated. Workers are beginning to understand that sitting disease – the term used to describe the metabolic impacts of a sedentary lifestyle – can cancel out the benefits of the positive behaviors they’ve adopted.”
The makeup and mindset of today’s workforce has altered corporate priorities drastically. The workplace is riddled with distractions, and business leaders are striving to offer benefits that increase employee satisfaction and comfort while also improving business outcomes.
Employers are investing in a variety of new perks and company benefits, such as flexible work schedules, wellness programs and even nap rooms or healthy snack deliveries. However, the data indicates that organizations are missing one of the most obvious points of employee dissatisfaction: sedentary work environments.
“In the last five years, we have seen sit-stand workstations be embraced by many companies as a key part of their wellness initiatives. We attribute that to a combination of advancements in research and expansion of affordable sit-stand product offerings. But we remain in the early stages of adoption,” said Pete Segar, Ergotron’s CEO.
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