Hybrid working is helping employees take better care of their health and wellbeing, new data has suggested.
A study by workplace Banner found that UK workers are maintaining their pre-pandemic activity levels despite fewer walks to and from their workplace and a reduced number of lunchtime walks.
According to the supplies and services provider, this could be because hybrid working is enabling people to cut down on work-related activities such as commutes, giving them more time to focus on their fitness, health and wellbeing, while some maybe finding it easier to exercise during their working day.
Jason Thomas, strategic sales manager at Banner, said: “We know some business owners still begrudge hybrid working, but it should be encouraged. Healthier employees are happier and more productive, which is absolutely critical not just for individual businesses but also the country as a whole, what with productivity being low and the threat of a recession looming.”
Highlighting that health and wellbeing has been repeatedly linked scientifically to reduced absenteeism and improved work performance, productivity and employee wellbeing, Thomas believes employers could do even more to help with employee health.
He added: “To encourage it further, make sure the office is as conducive to a healthy lifestyle as your employee’s home gyms. Consider replacing cakes and biscuits in the office with healthy snacks, work with a workplace supplier to create break-out areas with soft furnishings to help your employees recover from their workouts, and invest in standing desks.”