Ideas, Resources and Examples
Wondering where to begin? Here are some initiatives that have been successful in other workplaces. Keep in mind that the best ideas for your company will come from your own employees.
- Stair walking initiatives
- Physical Activity Tip of the Month
- Seasonal Activities
- Bike to Work Program
- "Play at work" Program (sports/gaming equipment onsite)
- Fitness DVD lending library
- Onsite yoga or pilates
- Dance classes
- Self-Defense or Martial Arts classes
- Strength Training Classes
- Walking Meetings
Bayer Inc. offers a fully equipped onsite fitness facility and features an outdoor multi-purpose court that can be configured for basketball, tennis and volleyball, golf putting green and a driving range.
Mars Canada encourages employees to stay healthy with employee-organized sports teams and free membership to an onsite fitness facility as well as an outdoor beach volleyball court and outdoor running trail - the employee-led running club also hosts Learn to Run classes.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s head office features a variety of onsite amenities such as an impressive fully-equipped fitness facility with free memberships and basketball, volleyball, squash and racquetball courts, employee lounge with games room, and a quiet room for mediation and religious observance.
Verafin Inc. employees work in an open concept environment office that features small fitness stations throughout, including yoga mats, weights, exercise balls, chin-up bars and skipping ropes - and even employee-led yoga and aerobics classes are available.
Source: Yerema, Richard W. (2014). Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Mediacorp Canada Inc. Toronto.
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