Cycling to work generates benefits all round
6 Jun 2016
Employers can improve the health of their workforce by introducing a cycle to work scheme, finds a new IES research report for the Cycle to Work Alliance. The research found that most employees cycled more after signing up to the salary-sacrifice employee benefit and as a result increased their physical fitness and reduced the likelihood of absence from work. The Institute estimates that the scheme generates at least £72 million worth of benefits to the UK economy – more than twice the estimated costs to the Treasury in lost tax.
Commenting on the research findings Jim Hillage, Director of Research at IES said ‘most employers now recognise that there are productivity benefits of having a healthy workforce. Too many of us have sedentary jobs and anything which can increase physical activity and reduce stress is to be welcomed.
‘If employers can encourage and support more employees to cycle to work by providing facilities and financial incentives then more workers can benefit from the low-impact and aerobic exercise which regular cycling provides’.