British workers are suffering physical pain as well as stress because they are working long hours, not taking lunch breaks and going to work when they are sick, research carried out for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has found. A survey commissioned by the Society found a quarter of people regularly work all day without taking a break and more than half said they often go to work when they are stressed or physically unwell. The CSP has launched its Fit for Work campaign to encourage people to adopt healthier work patterns and ensure they remain well at work. Part of the CSP’s ongoing Move for Health campaign, Fit for Work provides a range of free leaflets for staff in sedentary and active settings on how to improve their health at work and fit exercise into their daily routine. CSP chief executive Phil Gray said there was a price to pay from overwork for both staff and employers. Employees suffered poor health and employers saw reduced productivity and performance. But Physios could help keep people fit for work, he added. ‘With advice and support from Physiotherapists…employers can create healthier work environments and benefit not only society but also their profit margin.’
Survey findings at a glance;
- 36 per cent of staff regularly work through their lunch break
- 54 per cent ‘always or usually’ go to work when stressed or physically unwell
- 41 per cent say they are too busy with work to exercise regularly
- 23 per cent take no lunch break
- 46 per cent have physical pain from working in the same position for a long time
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