Around 20% of people working in the Netherlands currently are experiencing mental health challenges that can be improved by exercise, such as riding a bike.
Nine in ten workers report that they struggle to cope with the psychological demands of work. A number of leading studies have proven that cycling can reduce stress and anxiety, prevent burnout and help fight depression.
More than two in five workers in the Netherlands take a sick day, higher than the European average. Cycling to work is proven to reduce sickness absence and prevent long term leave from mental ill health. Employees who cycle are found to be more engaged, effective and energised.
SOURCE: NEDERLANDS INSTITUTE VAN PSYCHOLOGEN, VOLKSGEZONDHEIDENZORG.INFO & ISGLOBAL
WANT TO CYCLE TO WORK OR HELP YOUR EMPLOYEES TO CYCLE MORE?
I WANT TO HELP MY EMPLOYEES TO CYCLE TO WORK
MAKE CYCLING FINANCIALLY ATTRACTIVE FOR EMPLOYEES. HOW?
There are ways to offset the tax of bicycle purchases, such as taking costs from gross salaries. Interest-free loans can also be made available for the purchase of an (electric) bicycle. And you can recognise the contribution that healthy employees make by offering kilometres cycled with days off. For more information: Fietswijzer via: natuurenmilieu.nl or 3pm.nu/fietsstimulering.
GET SUPPORT FROM ZUIDAS COMMUNITY. HOW?
If you incur costs for creating bicycle parking spaces or a shower facility for cyclists, you will be eligible for a contribution of 50% of the implementation costs with a maximum of € 25,000. For this you can contact Hello Zuidas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org If you are curious about what an active cycling policy can offer your company, you can request a customized advice from Breikers via 3pm (email@example.com).
IMPLEMENT A CYCLING PROGRAM. HOW?
Call in BYCS to consult your business on how to implement a cycle to work program. Or take something off the shelf - Bike to Work is a fun and effective program for employers to help get their staff on a bike. They are encouraged with interactive events and through ‘Toury’, the Bike to Work app. Join the movement at Bike to Work.
I WANT TO CYCLE TO WORK
Visit the cycling page on Hello Zuidas for information on local bike buying, share and hire schemes, including for electric bikes. Or visit one of our friends below.
To find more about cycle routes and stops in and around Zuidas check out the guide Ride With Me: Zuidas by local writer and guide Roos Stallinga.
And, importantly, encourage your employer to read the next section below…
I WANT MORE INFO ON MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK
For information on how businesses can implement mindfulness-based training, advice and prevention programmes around mental health, go to MindfulBizz
For information on preventing burnout for employers and employees, go to Bye Bye Burnout.
COME TO OUR EVENT
JOIN US ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY - 10TH OCTOBER - FOR A FREE BREAKFAST EVENT IN ZUIDAS.
A NUMBER OF LEADING STUDIES HAVE IDENTIFIED HOW CYCLING IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH AND HOW THIS, IN TURN, BOOSTS BUSINESS. WE’LL BE EXPLORING THESE CONNECTIONS IN MORE DETAIL AND ASKING HOW CAN WE APPLY THIS KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS.
Ione Avila-Palencia (ISGlobal) - sharing insights from a new leading study into the health benefits of cycling.
Laura Hakvoort (Municipality of Amsterdam) - looking at exercise behaviour in the city context.
Other speakers to be announced will cover the connection between mental health and good business.
LOCATION: Circl - Gustav Mahlerplein 1B, 1082 MK Amsterdam
7.30 am – Doors open 8.00 am – Start program 9.30 am – Off to work
Everyone is invited, but space is limited.
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