Capes crusader wants to defeat staff sickness
A STUDENT is on a one man mission to make the Plymouth workforce healthy and happy.
Ryan Buckle has launched his own website pulling together every health professional an employer could need.
He hopes that bosses will take notice of the services and use them to maintain the wellbeing of their workforce.
Ryan, who studies health, exercise and physical activity, said: "It's in every employer's interests to take the health and wellbeing of their staff seriously.
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"It can save them a lot of money since happy staff are more productive and take less days off."
The 26-year-old, whose website Capes Health Professionals is live, added: "The ethical side of things is very apparent to employers nowadays. People can spend eight to 10 hours a day at their workplace so employers have a responsibility to them. A lot of workplaces are coming on board with that."
Ryan has persuaded some fellow students and staff at Marjon to help him embark on an occupational health study with Cornwall Council over the coming weeks.
Ryan explained: "The study is to help improve employee health and to show how a healthy workforce is more productive.
"Back pain, repetitive strain injury and neck pain are all common problems from sitting too long.
"Back pain is almost an epidemic. But it's preventable and treatable.
"Once a week for eight weeks, we'll give advice and it'll run until Christmas. We'll have the likes of chiropractors who will come in and give talks.
"People want to get healthy or lose weight but sometimes they don't know how to go about doing that. A professional coming into their workplace to offer advice could be the start for them."
Elburton man Ryan, who is also a personal trainer, started the business after he suffered a neck injury and struggled to find the right professional to help.
He continued: "Marjon have been massively supportive of me and helped me get it off the ground. They are very keen on occupational health themselves."
Lucy Pengelly, human resources manager at Marjon confirmed why they have backed Ryan so much.
She said: "The university is committed to investing in health and wellbeing initiatives to support, encourage and develop staff to their full potential.
"The University has recently reviewed its absence management processes, the occupational health service, flexible working and special leave arrangements and are taking a coordinated approach to creating a positive working environment to ensure that staff reach their full potential."