More than 80 per cent of UK employees agree that working long hours prevents them from taking regular exercise and keeping fit, according to the results of a new survey.
In a poll of workers conducted by Peninsula, 82 per cent of respondents shared this view, asserting that long working hours are not conducive to an active, healthy lifestyle.
In light of these findings concern has arisen over the extent to which employers are fulfilling their obligations regarding employee well-being. Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula argued that employers must make the effort to accommodate healthier lifestyles.
"Employers have a duty of care for their employees," he said according to Online Recruitment.
"If an employer is found to be not following this duty of care, then litigation can be brought against them, bosses simply must be aware."
Mr Done also highlighted the fact that health and fitness is becoming a priority for a growing number of workers, which puts extra pressure on businesses to facilitate healthier working cultures.
Figures from the Employee Benefits HSA Healthcare Research 2007 show that 95 per cent of UK employers are unsure as to whether or not healthcare benefits are actually of any real benefit to their staff.