Insurance workers say bosses don't care about their health

Employees believe companies don't do enough to encourage fitness

Around half of insurance workers think their bosses do not care about workplace health, the British Heart Foundation said today.

Research carried out for the charity suggests that almost two-thirds (64%) of employees at insurance companies say their workplace does not offer any opportunities to get fit and healthy.

Over 2,000 workers from bankers to healthcare professionals were surveyed for Health at Work, an initiative sponsored by Legal & General. Over 100 surveyed were from the insurance sector and their responses reflect the national results, the BHF said.

Over a quarter (27%) of insurance workers rated their daily stress levels as five out of ten or above. Respondents reported that stress from work spilled over into their home life and free time. A third (37%) claimed stress from work made them feel more tired than usual, and more than a quarter (28%) said they find it difficult to sleep. Over half of the insurance workers surveyed (52%) also admit to taking one or more sick days during an average month.

Lisa Purcell, project manager for Health at Work at the BHF, said that while it is clear that in the current financial climate the focus must be on productivity, employers must realise that a healthy workforce is key to less stress, better team work and improved motivation, which results in increased productivity and fewer sick days.

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