Other workplace measures mentioned by health officials include stand-up meetings, making staircases more attractive than lifts and telling workers to take a break and take a walk.
Employees call for radical new approach with almost half of workers (49 per cent) wanting a yoga and meditation room and exercise facilities (50 per cent) to help tackle workplace stress.
A new survey carried out by benefits provider Edenred shows that six in ten employees would consider cycling to work if they had better support from their employer. A key barrier to commuting by bike is the lack of basic facilties in the workplace, such as somewhere to change, acces to a hairdryer or a place to keep their bike safely.
More than one in three office workers are too busy to take time out for health and wellbeing activities that could benefit them now and in later life, according to new research by Age UK and Bupa.
Exercise causes an overall work performance boost of about 15%, according to Leeds Metropolitan University and employees who exercised got more done at work, had a greater work capacity, and were sick less often.
The only problem? Employers aren’t keen to use work hours to allow employees to exercise. Should they? Ratna Singh looks at both sides of the debate to find the solution that best benefits businesses and their employees.