Most illnesses and chronic conditions are important causes of sickness absence, yet physical activity has been proven time and time again to help – and in so many different ways.
So, if increasing an employees’ physical activity levels reduces the cost of absenteeism for business owners, how should organisations go about implementing it?
Firstly, they should consider improving the employees knowledge, based around the many benefits of physical activity. For example the short-term benefits of physical activity, related to people’s mental wellbeing – helping them achieve ‘quick-wins’ for motivation purposes.
Secondly, they should be warned of the consequences of ‘not taking action’ i.e. inactivity versus the long-term benefits of physical activity and how it can prevent many illnesses and chronic conditions.
Thirdly, design a specific program with achievable goals for each and every single staff member – based on their needs.
Finally, and the best advice is ‘to be more active than inactive’ and to ‘just get moving’ – without overthinking it too much.