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Health tech could be the key to a fitter, healthier workforce

The workplace could be the best place for the mass adoption of health tech in the UK helping to improve and maintain employees’ health through company wellness programmes – if only workers got more support from their employers. And, despite the recent explosion of health tech ownership in the UK, leading to lots of personal data being generated, there are doubts from data academics about whether this information is being used to the best effect by individuals alone.
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Overweight Sedentary Workers Costing the UK £8.2 Billion

Alarming figures reveal that 63% (NOO.org) of Brits have strolled into 2017 either overweight or obese; despite around 35% holding a new year’s resolution to lose weight last year. However, disappointingly less than 10% actually stuck to these promises. With so many living such an unhealthy lifestyle, it has proven to have a detrimental effect on Britain’s industries.
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Lack of Sleep Costing UK Economy Up to £40 Billion a Year

A lack of sleep among U.K. workers is costing the economy up to £40 billion a year, which is 1.86 per cent of the country’s GDP. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, which, when combined, has a significant impact on a nation’s economy.
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Secret Stress – 8 million UK workers suffer in silence

stessNew research from Aviva, released to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day (2nd Nov) has revealed the startling number of people in the UK who are suffering from stress but are hiding it from their employers. A quarter of people (25%) surveyed admitted taking a day off work with stress but then blamed it on a physical illness. Based on the current number of people working in the UK, it indicates that almost eight million people are suffering in silence.
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Almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment

mental healthNew CIPD research finds employers are taking a reactive approach to employees’ mental health issues, when preventative steps make better business sense. According to new research, the number of people saying that they have experienced mental health issues while in employment has climbed from a quarter to a third over the last five years. Despite this, the majority of employees still don’t feel that people experiencing mental health issues are supported well enough at work.
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Less than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency

emergencyLess than half of UK businesses feel able to handle a medical emergency. A survey of nearly 300 businesses across the UK, including schools, golf clubs, construction sites, charities and trusts, has revealed that whilst a quarter of businesses want staff to feel safe, only 49 per cent are confident enough to say they could handle a medical emergency.
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