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Sunday 25 February 2018

A quarter of people work through their lunch without extra pay

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Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

A QUARTER of people say they regularly work through lunchtime without any extra pay and a third said the prospect of better work/life balance would motivate them to take on a new job, a survey suggests.

And almost nine in ten people believe that maintaining a healthy workforce is not a top priority for their employers.

The findings are contained in a survey on health in the workplace carried out by gift card company One4all of 1,000 workers across the country.

About 38pc of people said they regularly felt stressed over the last year as a result of their job, with more than quarter confessing not to have slept because of work-related concerns.

And a massive 69pc said they went into work over the last year even when they were sick.

Jock Jordan, group sales director of One4all, said the survey's findings show that employers need to look again at how they engage and reward employees in order to attract and retain the best staff while boosting productivity and morale. "Exercise is a great way to combat stress and employers can do more to promote wellness in the workplace," Mr Jordan said.

"Some 72pc of those surveyed feel that they would be more likely to stay with a company that cares, so it's time to show employees how much we care."

The research, which was carried out by Atomik Research among 1002 adults, found that just 14pc of people said that maintaining a healthy workforce was a top priority for their company.

Helping to boost the health of your workforce can start with diet, and it seems that the food on offer in many offices wouldn't pass the health test.

About a fifth of workers said the food on offer in their work was unhealthy, and included fizzy drinks, chocolate, pizza and burgers.

Just 9pc said the offerings where healthy, with menu options that include salads, fruits, nuts, juices and smoothies.

More than a half of respondents said that if their company offered a health or wellness scheme, it would make them feel more valued.

And about a quarter said it would make them less likely to accept a job elsewhere. And around a third said they would be less likely to call in sick if their employer cared about their health.

Siobhan Byrne, of personal training firm BodyByrne, talked up the benefits of getting even just a small amount of exercise.

"As a trainer, I see many people on a daily basis who are pleasantly surprised by the improvement in their energy levels and overall feeling of wellness just by getting in a little exercise each day," Ms Byrne said.

"You would be amazed how efficient you are in work and at home with just a small amount of daily exercise whether it be that cycle to work or midday gym hit."

Irish Independent

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