While the recent news about rising UK productivity is something to cheer about, productivity is still an underlying problem for British businesses. According to recent ONS statistics, the UK is on average 16% less productive than our G7 peers. So, a big question for small and medium businesses is how to boost productivity? Part of the answer lies in optimising the health and wellbeing of those working in smaller businesses that are, after all, the backbone of British business. 

Recent research amongst regional Chamber members by AXA PPP healthcare revealed that 97% of respondents agreed there was a link between productivity and employees' health and well-being, and 80% believe they have a responsibility to encourage employees to be physically and mentally healthy. So what can you do to help promote good health and wellbeing amongst your own team?

The NHS recommends that a person should be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. This might sound like a lot to fit in to a busy working day, but it can be easier than you think to achieve this, and you don’t have to do it all in one go. You could try… 

  • Cycling or walking part, if not all, of your journey to work
  • Getting off the bus or tube stop before your final destination
  • Designating a ‘No internal emails’ one afternoon a month to make sure you get away from your desk
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift

AXA PPP healthcare are committed to helping their small business members stay fit and healthy.

You can find out more by visiting their website www.axapppheatlhcare.co.uk where you’ll also find a wealth of interesting content to give you ideas and inspiration for initiatives to implement in your business, as well as details on their flexible, affordable healthcare plans – to help keep your business, in business.