Belfast Telegraph

Give workers a break, employers are told

By Alan Jones PA

Employers have been urged to encourage their staff to take decent breaks after a study found that huge numbers are working through their lunch every day.

Physiotherapists warned that firms were risking the health of their business if they did not encourage better working habits.

One in five people surveyed for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and health insurer Aviva revealed that they worked through their lunch every day.

Of those who do manage to take a break, half said they ate at their desk, with only one in five leaving their workplace to go outside for a break, and only 3% visiting a gym. The CSP called on employers to support staff to be more physically active during the working day to reduce their risk of developing musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain and more serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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