A new report from the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Vitality reveals the how the “long lockdown effect” could harm the mental and physical health of employees
The report is based on research of over 1,000 remote workers that was conducted in January, data from Vitality’s “Healthy Hybrid, a Blueprint for Business” and analysis from RSA research.
This comes as companies work to bring employees back into the office, while simultaneously adjusting their own policies to accommodate the new needs of workers.
According to the report, lockdowns have hindered employee physical health and created an “ergonomic timebomb.” Businesses must play a role in encouraging workers to incorporate more movement into their day, which is essential for a productive, engaged workforce.
The report also noted that Nuffield Health revealed 7 in 10 workers were experiencing more aches and pains in their body, as well as increased eye strain and headaches. Even more, Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey revealed over half of the UK workforce suffered from two or more musculoskeletal conditions.
Additionally, employees are navigating the anxiety related to returning to the office, with 85% of remote workers stating that employee wellbeing will be more valued when making future career decisions.
“The idea of a “healthy hybrid” embodies the argument at the heart of the good work movement – that good work helps make healthier, happier workers; and healthier, happier workers help create good, productive work,” said Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA.