|Abstract:||Work environment is becoming global, rapidly changing and competitive. With Industry 4.0, we get new technology, innovative processes, large databases, nanotechnology, robotisation, artificial intelligence, information and communication technology, changing employment practice, and increased age diversity. Traditional and new health issues are emerging: chronic diseases, mental health, musculoskeletal diseases, and disability (ENWHP, 2018).
Employees can cope with stressful work environment (physiological and psychological) only with regular and appropriate physical activity. This has a positive effect on the biological, psychological and sociological condition of the employees. The balance of the factors contributes to better employee health and leads to lower absenteeism, which proves to be a good investment for the employer, as it brings lower labor costs, higher productivity, development and it also improves the company's competitive position at the market.
Employers can promote a balanced lifestyle by investing in workplace health promotion. Any investment in a workplace health promotion program can be profitable – reduced absenteeism, lower health costs (Wolfgang & Kramer, 2008), (Stergar & Urdih Lazar, 2012), but only with a systematic approach and analysis of real data, information and facts. It is necessary to find the optimal connection between a healthy lifestyle and employee efficiency (Sports Union of Slovenia, 2020a).
In the master's thesis, we determined the impact of physical activity on the sickness (non) absence of the previous year and the interrelation between the assessment of fitness and the assessment of health status. We presented the time when it is reasonable to introduce the model of a programmed recreational break into the business process (employee productivity share), and how long it should last. Based on scientific findings, 70 % of working skills can be restored in a short time. This is feasible only with the participation of the experts from various fields (ergonomics, cybernetics, robotics, informatics, occupational medicine, occupational psychology, the sociology of work, kinesiology, communication, occupational safety and others). However, recreational breaks should not affect the quality and quantity of the production.|