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Sitting on the Job

Posted on: September 12, 2016 by titan-goodrich

As a Virginia business owner, there are certain steps you’ve undoubtedly taken to safeguard your business against a myriad of risks. You probably have a Virginia Business Insurance policy. You may have security cameras to deter theft. You probably have policies and procedures in place to reduce worker’s compensation risks, such as slips-and-falls. There’s one risk that’s pervasive in many workplaces that you probably have not addressed: the risks associated with sitting at your desk. Your employees are your greatest investment and it’s in your best interest to do what you can to keep them healthy.

Why Sitting for Prolonged Periods Is Bad for One’s Health

Researchers at Ball State University conducted a survey and concluded that most adults are sedentary for an astounding 64% of their waking hours. One reason is that many adults spend most of their workdays sitting at a desk. People with sedentary lifestyles are at higher risk of becoming obese, developing life-threatening illnesses, and even dying prematurely.

Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

Employers can encourage healthier practices, such as standing up and walking around their office during phone calls. Consider investing in standing desks for your team. Better yet, if you have the space consider purchasing a few treadmills or stationary bikes employees can use during their lunch break. Foster a culture that values exercise and allows employees to on walks during breaks or visit the gym during their lunch hour. Why not equip your team with pedometers or fitness trackers and hold a friendly competition to see who can log the most steps per day or per week. Most importantly, practice what you preach. If your employees see you taking time to fit activity into your schedule, they will feel comfortable doing that themselves.

If you do decide to purchase workout equipment for your workplace, make sure that your business insurance policy will cover you should an employee accidentally become injured while using it. For all of your business insurance needs, Goodrich & Watson has you covered!

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