The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is today launching a new campaign with the health and wellbeing of small business owners, their staff and the self-employed at heart. The new drive from FSB will help its members – and the wider 5.5 million-strong small business community across the UK – reap the benefits of a positive approach to wellbeing, which are felt not only by the business they run but also by the economy and society as a whole.
The campaign has been launched in response to a rise in incidents of health and mental health conditions across the UK’s workforce, including business owners and the self-employed.
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, explained, “Wellbeing can help increase our productivity, improve our performance and reduce absenteeism. There is a clear business case, however, the benefits are felt just as much in our health as individuals, but also by our communities and the wider economy.”
The average UK white collar worker is sedentary for 8.6 hours every working day and it’s madness. To maintain a healthy body we need to move somewhere between 6-10km a day. Not much chance of that if we’re glued to a chair sat in front of a computer.
In Scandinavia, 90% of white collar workers use a sit-stand desk. In the UK it’s less than 1%.
Standing desks have a part to play in the UK’s need for healthier and more productive workplaces.