Reduce staff absence by enforcing lunch hours

by Christopher Evans

Business owners have been advised to encourage their staff to take regular breaks while at work.

Research from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has revealed that one in four people in the UK work all day without a break.

It found that 36 per cent of staff work through their lunch break, with 50 per cent of them saying that they have too much work to do.

The research also found that workers could become ill from working in the same position for extended periods.

From this, staff could develop obesity, cancer, depression, heart disease and diabetes.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, commented: "Work is good for us and can contribute to physical and mental well-being - but not when overworking means people don't have the time or energy to look after their own health or when staff are at work but are not fit for work."

The CSP claimed that ill staff cost employers more than £35 million a year in sick pay and reduced productivity.

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Published on: June 14, 2010

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