Health boost for centre staff

AN EDINBURGH outsourcing firm has turned to a team of health and wellbeing experts to boost its workforce.

More than 200 call centre workers at Sykes Global Services have taken part in a programme designed to improve their health and cut absence caused by sickness.

Yorkshire-based Let's Get Healthy worked with its client to develop a programme for Sykes's telesales agents. Staff took part in surveys asking questions on lifestyle, eating habits and levels of exercise. Teams also took part in pedometer challenges, where more than 22 million steps were clocked up over a five-week period.

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Alice McGill, business support manager at Sykes, said: "This five-week programme really helped us gauge the health issues that some of our staff face."