Stand Up for a Healthy Workplace: Aon

January 6, 2017

Excess sitting not only has serious negative effects on individuals’ physical and mental health, it also costs businesses—leading to increased health insurance premiums and decreased productivity, says a recent article from Aon’s “The One Brief.

Sitting too much has been linked to obesity, backache, dementia and muscle degeneration and can also significantly increase the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Aon notes study findings that sitting for an hour reduces an individual’s lifespan by 22 minutes—whereas smokers shorten their lives by 11 minutes on average per cigarette.

At the company level, more health issues for employees can reduce their performance and increase the number of sick days, taking a toll on overall productivity. It can also lead to increased health insurance premiums.

How can businesses get employees to sit less and be more active?

For the full Aon article, see “Sitting vs. Smoking: What’s the Scale of the Risk?