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Employer Benefits

Investing in the health of your employees can bring numerous business benefits such as reduced sickness absence, increased loyalty and better staff retention.

Active employees are also happier, healthier, and therefore more productive. In fact, statistics show that 90 minutes of activity per week can result in a 7.5% increase in earnings for your business.

It can also help reduce the estimated £90m per year in statutory sick pay costs to Greater Manchester’s businesses and employers.

Up to


return for every
£1 invested

On average


fewer sick days
taken by active staff

reduced by

staff turnover

teamwork and



and communication

Team unity

builds a stronger team

Prevents isolation.

Great way to integrate new team members

Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health in 2021/22, 17.0 million and 7.3 million respectively.

(Working Lost Days In Great Britain 🔗) In particular, the rates of self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety have increased in recent years, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, and continued on this trajectory since. And, with one in eight of the working population reporting an MSK condition, optimising good physical health and posture will help reduce incidences occurring, periods of absenteeism and incidences of other health conditions developing.

This is also an important consideration for those in workplaces or roles which require occupational physical activity and repetitive manual movement. 

Employee Benefits

There are multiple benefits to moving more and being more active:


energy, better
stress management


mood & mental


self-confidence &


and chances to
meet new people


risk of chronic
illnesses EG. heart
disease, strokes,
diabetes & cancer



Moving our bodies more can help to:

  • Feel good – Moving more releases hormones that make you feel good and give you more energy. This helps avoid that afternoon slump, making you more productive and present.
  • Manage stress and anxiety – Moving more releases cortisol which helps you manage stress. Work can be stressful and taking short breaks to be active can help you cope with this.
  • Develop better self-esteem – Moving more helps you feel better about yourself. Achieving targets and goals no matter how small feels good.
  • Reduce the likelihood of developing serious MSK conditions – Staying active is essential for maintaining good musculoskeletal health, and can prevent avoidable musculoskeletal problems developing in the future. If you already suffer from an MSK condition, physical activity can be a highly effective self-management tool reducing the impact of your condition.
  • Reduce the risk of depression – Many studies show that moving more can reduce the likelihood of experiencing a period of depression.
  • Help Connect with people – Doing group or team activities can help reduce feelings of loneliness and help your mood and teamwork skills.
  • Better Sleep – Moving more helps you at the end of the day to feel more tired and, in turn, improve your ability to sleep and therefore feel more rested.

There are many studies which have shown that moving more can have a big impact on improving our mental health.

There’s a positive association between activity levels and mental wellbeing - some activity is good, more is better

Data from Sport England’s Active Lives Adult Survey May 2020/21 Report

There are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

Read more about the Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing 🔗.

This toolkit is intended to help you as a business find and implement simple solutions which both encourage and enable more movement during the working day. 

Read more about the ways you can help in the’ Getting Started’ section of this toolkit.