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A study by AJ Products has revealed that over 40% of workers in the UK think that their current work environment has a negative impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing as well as their productivity at work.
The AJ Products Workplace Health Survey 2019 set out to understand the impact the workplace can have on employee wellbeing by investigating whether UK workplaces are optimised to encourage physical activity among employees. The survey examined the impact of the work environment on employee health and wellbeing and asked workers which health initiatives they would most like their company to implement.
The study found that, although 82% of people believe that the organisation they work for cares about their health and wellbeing, over 60% said they would consider changing jobs for a healthier and more active work environment. Furthermore, despite a significant majority believing that their employer cares about their health, an alarming 44% think that their current work environment has a negative impact on their physical wellbeing and 46% believe that it has a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing.
Eighty per cent of people would like to see the UK follow the example set by Denmark in 2015 and make it compulsory for businesses to offer sit-stand desks to all of their employees.
In fact, 38% of people said that sit-stand desks were the health initiative they would most like their company to implement, ahead of organised fitness classes or activities on site (21%), healthy eating options on site (20%), standing meetings (6%), active seating (6%), anti-fatigue matting (6%) or a Cycle to Work scheme (2%).
Just 11% of respondents said their workplace currently provided sit-stand desks to all employees even though 89% said they thought they would use or would like to try a sit-stand desk.
Forty-eight per cent of respondents also claimed that their workplace has an adverse effect on their productivity. When it comes to improvements that could be made to the physical workspace in order to boost productivity, 35% of people think that active office furniture would be most likely to improve their productivity at work, ahead of access to quiet work areas (25%), better acoustics (18%), more social spaces (15%) or better lighting (7%).
AJ Products is a supplier of workplace furniture and interior solutions that focuses on ways to solve the problem of a sedentary workday. As a member of ukactive, an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote active lifestyles, the company is committed to making workplaces healthier and more active through an innovative and ever-growing range of sit-stand furniture and by raising public awareness of the health risks of prolonged sitting.
Find out more at ajproducts.co.uk.