Healthy Peterborough

The benefits of a healthy workforce

  • Inactive employees are less productive by 5 to 6 hours per week than active employees (Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine 2007)

  • 26% of the workforce are living with a health condition or disability

  • 24% of the adult population are obese and this is set to rise to 40% in 2025 (www.ic.nhs.uk)

  • Research shows that the implementation of a structured workplace health and wellbeing programme can decrease sickness absence by up to 30% and improve job satisfaction by 10–25% (PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2008)

  • On average, smokers take 4.4 more days off work each year than non-smokers

  • Right now, 1 in 6 of the workforce is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress

  • Work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives, more so than debt or financial problems

What will you gain as an organisation?

Reduce the cost of workplace absence through sickness, increasing productivity:

  • Physically active employees take 27% fewer sick days

  • Several programmes have seen rates lower by 12–36% and a reduction in absenteeism costs of 35% (Kreis J and Bodeker W, 2004)

  • Well-designed wellness programmes can increase employee job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover by 10–25% (PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2008)

Benefits for your workforce

Introducing a workplace health and wellbeing programme will show your employees that they are valued and respected. Because people spend so much time at work it’s the ideal place to give advice on ways they can become healthier, happier and fitter.

What drives investment in employee health and wellbeing?

  • An ageing and increasingly diversified workforce requiring greater support to remain productive at work

  • Increasing levels of chronic disease in the general population

  • Rising costs of ill-health in the workplace associated with increased absenteeism and reduced performance



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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust