Research suggests that if people are more active at work they are likely to enjoy their job more, have better concentration, be more alert and have improved relationships with colleagues
Often just a few small changes can make significant strides to improving the health and wellbeing of your workforce. Increasing - or even just starting - your levels of physical activity lcan have a positive effects on both mental and physical well being of employees
Does your employer know that developing a physically active workforce is good for business?
Do you know what the benefits of getting your workplace active are?
For a range of information to help you convince your managers that investing in physical activity is beneficial, then read on
Make the case and get senior managers on board!
Convinced its a good idea, but not sure what to do? Here is a range of ideas and tips that will help you get your workplace active
Find out what people want - conduct a workplace survey - Finding out what people want is vital when starting to develop a physical activity programme. It will help you use existing resources and identify what is already available locally. The British Heart Foundation Employee Needs Assessment will help you do this
Develop a Physical Activity Policy - A workplace physical activity policy is a written document stating an organisation's commitment to physical activity. It outlines how the organisation will promote and encourage physical activity in the workplace. The British Heart Foundation sample policy is an excellent starting point to give you ideas of where to start
Plan and implement your programme - Plan ahead but remember to start small and develop your ideas over time. Build on what people have said they would like to do and develop a range of activities to suit as many people as possible. Then set up and implement your programme. We have some ideas of activities that you could start with. Click on the link below
Develop a travel plan - Travel plans help reduce the impact of travel on the environment. They also make good business sense. Derbyshire County Council offer a free, advisory service to help businesses make informed, smarter choices in relation to how their staff travel both on the commute to/from work and whilst at work. Read on for more help and information
We have selected a range of resources and links that we think will help you to get started and set up a range of physical activity programmes
Getting your workplace recognised is a great way to celebrate success and acknowledge the contribution that you and your colleagues have made to promoting physical activity in the workplace.
We have developed the Active Workplace Mark to showcase and recognise workplaces that have made significant commitment to increasing physical activity in the workplace.