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imperative that employers find ways for staff to replicate healthy working practices at home, such as investing in home office equipment for their workers and encouraging staff to take regular breaks.


However, a healthy workplace extends beyond the physical environment. Workplace culture is equally important. The aim should be an inclusive culture where everyone feels part of the business. In organisations that adopt a healthy culture, team spirit can be improved, and employees are more likely to support each other and take advantage of opportunities available to them to improve their health.


“What is clear is the need for each business to consider what types of interventions would be


most effective based on employee preferences and demographics.”


Real-world solutions based on case studies from businesses of all sizes highlight health and wellbeing strategies that have worked effectively as well as how these programmes have been adapted in light of COVID-19 to provide the same level of care to employees working from home. These examples act as a ‘best practice’ guide for other companies to follow.


Whether interventions are centred around fitness challenges, online wellbeing workshops or in-house workout classes, what is clear is the need for each business to consider what types of interventions would be most effective based on employee preferences and demographics. It is also essential that companies promote flexibility, permissibility and a positive working environment to ensure that employees feel comfortable to take part in these interventions and prioritise their health.


David English, Managing Director of AJ Products was keen to share his thoughts. He said: “Working on this report with ukactive has really highlighted the struggle that many businesses face in order to fully support the mental and physical wellbeing of all their staff. 2020 has,


of course, presented its own unique set of challenges and underlined the importance of finding strategies that work for both office-based and remote workers.


“We’ve seen that tangible and budget-friendly solutions are needed for companies to feel confident to implement their own wellbeing policies. They need to be sure that their investment will have a genuine impact on their staff, but also that it will result in positive growth for the business itself.”


Anna Davison, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, ukactive added: “Now, more than ever, prioritising the health and wellbeing of the workforce is hugely important. Workplaces must play a proactive role in reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing activity among UK adults. This report demonstrates that it is possible; there are businesses out there that have made a difference to the lives of their staff and who have been able to adapt these ideas to current working circumstances.”


Tackling sedentary behaviour in the workforce comes at a critical juncture. With the rise of homeworking and increasingly flexible working patterns, employers have a unique opportunity to reshape their values and play a more proactive role in supporting the physical and mental health of their employees. The report gives businesses an insight into the importance of prioritising employee health and acts as a guide on how best to implement successful practices to support the wellbeing of the national workforce.


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 partner of ukactive, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often, 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. A combination of over 20,000 quality products, expert knowledge, in-house design and manufacturing, and high service levels allows AJ Products to offer smart and ergonomic solutions for any workplace.


https://campaign.ajproducts.co.uk/tackling-sedentary-behaviour/ Download the full report for free at ajproducts.co.uk.


Call: 01252 359760 Email: info@ajproducts.co.uk www.ajproducts.co.uk


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