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14 Dec 2015

Cycle to Work schemes proving hugely beneficial

A new study has revealed that the Cycle to Work scheme is having a major positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees across the UK, the Training Journal reports.

According to a survey conducted by the Cycle to Work Alliance - a group made up of leading companies that provide the scheme, including Halfords and Evans Cycles - the scheme is creating a healthier and happier workforce throughout the country.

The findings indicate that with the general health and wellbeing of both staff and employers having improved, individuals lost weight and reported lower levels of stress.

Commenting on the results, Steve Edgell – chair of the alliance and managing director of Cycle Solutions – noted that “Both employers and employees recognise the contribution that the Cycle to Work scheme makes to employee health.”

He added that as companies become increasingly aware of how important it is to create workplace cultures that encourage employee health and wellbeing, “it is clear that from a business perspective, the scheme is making a big contribution in these areas.”

Furthermore, Edgell highlights that the research shows the scheme´s success at changing people´s daily behaviours. He explained: “By making physical activity an integral part of people´s lifestyles, the scheme is an effective mechanism for encouraging non and novice cyclists to cycle regularly.”

According to the survey, the large majority (86%) of the employees questioned felt that cycling to work had led to tangible health benefits. Bosses should note that this had a positive effect on their work, with 60% reporting that their productivity had increased as a result. What´s more, over half the employers surveyed said the scheme had played “an important role” in staff engagement, showing the range of advantages that just one employee benefits scheme can create.

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