January 24, 2013

One in five workers fail to take lunch break during working week

Woman and man having a office meetingOur survey found one in five workers fail to take a lunch break and nearly a third think bosses don’t care very much about their health.

And over two-thirds believe their boss should be taking responsibility for their health at work.

We've released the results in the run up to National Heart Month to encourage people to sign up to our free Health at Work programme and wear red on February 1st to raise vital funds and boost morale in the workplace.

  • Economy over health - More than a quarter of people believe that being healthy at work is important, but that the economy means their health is simply not a priority for their boss.
  • Desk-bound all day -  Nearly one in five workers do absolutely no physical activity during working hours.
  • In search of a quick fix - Around a third of people resort to chocolate as a pick-me-up to help them get through the working day, while over two in five (41%) rely on a cup of coffee.
  • Stress on the nation’s workforce - Almost half feel stressed at work on a daily basis.

Get healthy at work

Typing at deskLisa Purcell, Project Manager for our Health at Work programme, said: “National Heart Month is the perfect time to make a change. We’re encouraging people to Rock up in Red on 1st February to raise vital funds for the BHF, and raise employee morale at the same time.”

Former javelin world champion Fatima Whitbread is getting behind our Health at Work programme, saying: “I’m calling on bosses all over the UK to step up to the plate and help colleagues get fit, eat well and look after their mental wellbeing.  

“There’s plenty of support available to get your employees fabulously fit and raring to go. Why not sign up to the BHF’s Health at Work programme and make it your mission to kick-start your company’s health in 2013?”     

Get healthy at work