It is widely acknowledged that a happier, healthier workforce – both mentally and physically – leads to a healthier bottom line.
A report from the Office for National Statistics shows that UK commerce loses up to £8.4bn annually in mental healthrelated absences alone.
It’s not just the pressure of the job that can contribute toward people’s rising blood pressure; the journey in to work can elevate stress levels before they’ve even arrived.
And that’s where Let’s Go Tees Valley, the greener transport programme, literally steps in.
Let’s Go Tees Valley’s Commuter Challenge is a free, week-long competition running from Monday 13 to Sunday May 19, and gives people the chance to try new ways to commute – by bike, on foot, by bus, train or carsharing with a colleague.
In return, staff will have chances to snap up great prizes throughout the week, such as cinema tickets and restaurant vouchers, and will get be entered into a draw to win a main prize at the end of the challenge.
The more greener journeys each person completes, the more entries they get.
The challenge is open to any businesses in the boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
At the end of the week, participants simply log how they have travelled each day, and their names are entered into the prize draw accordingly.
In turn, workplaces benefit from reduced pressure on parking spaces, happier, healthier staff and a boost to their green credentials. Everyone is a winner!
Find out more at www.letsgoteesvalley. co.uk/teesbiz or call 01325 405040.