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1. Your building

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2. Your people

We've set these values for you, based on national averages.

3. Challenges

We’ve set this to our recommended number of annual challenges. Please feel free to adjust.


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Basis of calculations

The StepJockey ROI calculator borrows from the Physical Activity Business Case Tool developed by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). For each element, we have looked to the published evidence and applied those findings conservatively.

  • Energy savings Using the stairs in place of lifts/elevators reduces energy use and therefore generates both financial and carbon savings. According to the Carbon Trust, for every 10 employees substituting lift/elevator use with stairs use, a business can expect to save £7 a year. Carbon savings stand at 50 Kg CO2 for 10 staff.
  • Time savings High quality research published by the Canadian Medical Association shows it is on average quicker taking the stairs than waiting for a lift/elevator for journey's of up to six floors. The study found that workers saved 3% of their time, equating to 15 minutes each per day, in a busy Canadian hospital by taking the stairs. Office staff are less active so we assume a benefit of just 1.5 minutes saved per day for those substituting lift/elevator use with stair use via StepJockey.
  • Health savings Sickness absence costs UK businesses over £20 billion a year. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), physical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism, with physically active workers taking 27% fewer sick days. We assume just 1/4th of this benefit for those made active through StepJockey.
  • Assumed values 230 working days per year. 7.5 hours working per day.

Non-quantifiable benefits

Evidence suggests physical activity programmes result in a number of other, less tangible, benefits for which is it not possible to calculate a monetary value. Examples are included below and taken from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  • Staff retention Staff turnover is expensive. The average recruitment cost per employee is £7,750 (accounting for cover for the vacancy and additional training the new recruit needs). Average annual turnover among employees in the UK is over 15%. Well-designed wellness programmes can increase employee job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover by between 10% and 25%.
  • Productivity Reduced performance and productivity at work due to ill health ('presenteeism') could cost employers two to seven times more than absenteeism. Productivity levels, both in terms of presenteeism and in general, have been found to increase after the implementation of wellness programmes.
  • Enhanced reputation A well-designed wellness programme can help improve the organisation's external reputation, so helping to attract and retain quality staff. Being an 'employer of choice' is a powerful way to attract talented people in a competitive recruitment market. With StepJockey, your commitment to staff health will be clearly visible to all staff and stakeholders.
  • Team working Organisations that have implemented physical activity programmes have seen an improvement in team working and communications between different departments, as teams learn to interact more effectively. StepJockey encourages people flow and face-to-face interactions in client buildings
  • Health and wellbeing Public and private sector organisations are now having to take corporate social responsibility seriously. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development states that corporate social responsibility includes the need to improve the quality of life for the workforce and society at large. Physical activity programmes help to improve the lives of employees by helping them improve their health and wellbeing.