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Tools for Being Active at Work

Creating a Program

An effective workplace activity program may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be.

Below is a checklist of things you need to consider:
  1. Focus on Employee Participation
  2. Provide Leadership by Example
  3. Establish Physical Activity Champions
  4. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!
  5. Employee Orientation Programs
  6. Evaluate
  1. Focus on employee participation

    Tailoring your initiative to your employees can help increase program appeal and participation. Consider:

    • The interests of your employees
    • Demographics (e.g. gender, age, fitness levels)
    • Participants who work different shifts or schedules
    • Employees who like to exercise at different times of the day
    • Establishing Recognition Programs and Certificates
    • Using incentives

  2. Provide Leadership by Example

    Change in corporate culture is best achieved from the top down.  Enlist management participation in a physical activity initiative and make their efforts known to employees.

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  3. Establish Physical Activity Champions

    Members act as promoters for physical activity in the workplace. Select individuals who:

    • Have a passion for physical activity
    • Will provide motivation and encouragement
    • Will coordinate and deliver information sessions, training courses, and physical activity programs for interested employees

  4. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!

    Use all communication tools available to promote your program.  Use e-mail, pay-envelope enclosures, intranet, creative signage, bulletin boards and word of mouth.  Peer-recruitment can be one of the most effective means of increasing program participation.

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  5. Employee Orientation Programs

    Highlight to new employees that your organization cares about their well-being:

    • Provide information on programs available in the workplace
    • Highlight physical activity resources in the community
    • Introduce a physical activity champion to new employees

  6. Evaluate

    Outline a plan for regular evaluation of your program. Use the results to:

    • Demonstrate the importance of the program
    • Justify financial commitment from management
    • Determine what changes need to be made to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the program

Here are some ideas, resources and examples for your program.

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Tools for Being Active at Work

Revised: February 09, 2010

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