Are there any business advantages to having a physical active workforce?
Yes! Active living policies make good business sense, as research shows us that healthier employees result in:
- lower health-care costs
- lower turnover rates
- reduced absenteeism
- fewer medical claims
- higher productivity
- improved employee morale
Forty percent of workers say that one of the best ways their employers can help them improve their health is to provide recreational or exercise facilities at or near the workplace.
Providing a workplace supportive of physical activity can help recruit and retain employees, since workers report that physical activity is a way to reduce stress. Employees’ stress-related disorders cost Canadian businesses an estimated $12 billion per year (Vanier Institute of the Family).