Healthy workplace, healthy economy
Thursday 10th May - 13:15-14:05
Ill health among the working age population costs the economy £100bn every year, while sickness absence costs employers £9bn a year.
There is a huge role for physical activity to play in keeping the workforce healthy, fit, well – and productive. Indeed, as laid out in the government’s Sporting Future strategy, the benefits for employers and staff of a physically active workforce include greater levels of staff engagement and commitment to the organisation, lower rates of absence, and fewer retirements on health grounds.
This panel discussion will review the role of physical activity in the workplace; explore how employers can create the sort of healthy workplaces that encourage staff to be physically active; and offer advice on how to target those who are currently inactive – the group in which benefits will be most pronounced.
Andrew Watson, Project Manager (National Workplace Challenge) at County Sports Partnership Network
Work Experience: Andrew has been part of the County Sports Partnership national team since June 2015. He was previously Sports Development Officer at Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport from 2009 and at Harborough District Council from 2006.
Lead Work Areas: Active workplaces including national strategy development and partnerships to engage and tackle inactivity in workplaces.
Ria Ingleby, Founder at Well +