WORKPLACE HEALTH INDEX 2011
Are Australian companies and employees moving in the right direction when it comes to workplace wellness?
With all those
Apples and Blackberries dominating desks, briefcases and pockets you would
think the Australian workplace is healthy. But according to a major new survey,
if we were consuming anything
like the quantity of Apples and Blackberries we are using, our workplace would be a whole lot healthier and more
conducted by the Fruit at Work 2011 National Workplace Health Index, was
designed to gain a picture of employees’ attitudes to workplace health and
habits. The results
place a clear onus on businesses to provide healthier environments.
- The survey was conducted with a random
sample of over 500 Australians nationwide with 53% female and 47% male aged
- Those surveyed were predominantly
white collar workers with almost 70% in full time work and the remainder in
part time or casual roles.
- About a third (32.1%) of those
surveyed reside in NSW, 24.1% in VIC, 19.8% in QLD and the remainder in WA, SA,
NT and TAS.
A healthy workplace is a priority
- 79.5% of respondents would rather be employed by someone who
provides healthy living programmes and/or support. Of these,
29.9% said they would definitely make an employer “one of choice” if
they offered these programmes.
- 87.2% of respondents declared their workplace to be of only average
health or pretty poor.
- 83.5% declared their overall health and wellbeing as being okay or
could be better.
Naughty workplace eating habits
- Respondents are sitting down on
average for 7 hours a day at work.
- 56.3% of those surveyed devour junk food during the mid afternoon
slump and a further
19.4% if they have to work late.
- 64.7% somewhat or definitely blame a lapse of healthy eating
habits on being stressed.
- 60.8% blame a lack of healthy food options near work, or not
having enough time to pack a healthy lunch, as their reason for eating
- 45% are influenced by their co-workers’ naughty eating habits.
Fruit at Work
- Only 31.2% of
respondents eat the recommended two servings of fruit per day.
- 26.6% don’t eat fruit at all.
- 57.9% failed to identify the correct servings of fruit for an adult
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