StepJockey and Mercer Marsh Benefits team up to boost physical activity in the workplace

17th November 2016

StepJockey is pleased to announce it has partnered with one of Britain’s leading advisors on corporate wellness and workplace health, Mercer Marsh Benefits™ (MMB).

Mercer Marsh Benefits™ works with employers of all sizes to help them target and address the specific health risks within their organisation and measure the effectiveness and ROI of their initiatives, building a sound business case for health. The aim is to help employers improve their bottom line through improving the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of their employees by facilitating sustained behavioural change to improve health and providing robust benefits for when ill-health does arrive.

MMB’s UK clients who are seeking to increase physical activity among their staff as part of a workplace health solution can now access StepJockey’s smart signs and stair climbing challenges.

The StepJockey system allows employers with multi-storey offices to quickly and easily build physical activity into the working day without disruption to their core business or the need for large scale capital investment.

Neil Hunt, principal at MMB, said: “Most employers focus their HR policies, benefit spend and management time on the relatively small population of ill and long-term disabled employees. Meanwhile the majority of employees – those who are well but have health risks – go unsupported and are in danger of moving through the wellness barrier into ill-health.

“StepJockey, by contrast, is an evidence-based tool that can impact the majority of employees, and in a manner which is conducive to long-term positive behaviour change. I’m pleased to announce that StepJockey is now available as part of the MMB workplace health portfolio of partnered solutions”.

Paul Nuki, co-founder and CEO of StepJockey, said: “We are delighted to be working with MMB’s UK workplace health team. MMB is respected across the world for its expertise in the area of corporate wellness and workplace health and its focus on prevention through sustainable behaviour change fits exactly with StepJockey’s product and mission”.

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Notes for editors

StepJockey’s award winning behavioral change programme provides a simple and evidence based mechanism for making multi-storey offices more active and productive.

Its proprietary smart-sign and gamification technology is used by employers worldwide to combat sedentary behavior in the workplace by encouraging stair use. It allows all staff to seamlessly build exercise into their working week without disruption to the business.

The system is used in over 11,000 buildings around the world by clients including Disney, Pearson, JLL, UBS, Channel 4, NBC and The Wellcome Trust.

Backed by the UK Department of Health via Innovate UK and fully compliant with the new international Delos Well Building Standard, StepJockey provides the following key benefits:

  • Works for the ‘whole office’, not just the fit/sporty
  • Non-disruptive, allowing movement to be incorporated into working day
  • Highly visible, helping to embed a culture of health within offices
  • Significant time and energy savings in addition to health benefits

How does it work?

StepJockey buildings are equipped with a network of highly salient wireless smart signs that ‘nudge’ office staff to use the stairs rather than lifts or escalators. The signs can be read by mobile phone applications, allowing stair use to be tracked and further incentivised through the StepJockey gamification platform. The system allows employers to launch team based stair climbing challenges and to directly reward staff who habitually use the stairs.

Sedentary offices – a major global health risk

Sedentary behavior is cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others as a leading risk factor for a long term conditions including heart disease, type two diabetes and obesity.

  • Kills an estimated 5.3m annually – as many as smoking
  • Office workers at highest risk, with 60%-80% of working day spent sedentary
  • Rich nations, lead by US and UK, most impacted
  • Estimated costs, public and private, $58bn worldwide

Health benefits of stair climbing

Stair climbing is recommended by health authorities worldwide as a simple but powerful means to build incidental physical activity into the working week.

  • Stair climbing is officially classed as a ‘vigorous exercise’ and burns more calories per minute than jogging
  • It requires 8-9 times more energy expenditure than sitting and burns about 7 times more calories than taking a lift
  • The Harvard Alumni Study found that men who average at least eight flights a day enjoy a 33% lower mortality rate than men who are sedentary
  • For buildings with five floors or less, it’s nearly always quicker to take the stairs, with studies finding time savings of up to 15 minutes per person a day.
  • Just 7 minutes stair climbing a day has been estimated to more than half the risk of a heart attack over 10 years.

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