A new interactive online tool has been launched to show Shropshire businesses how to make their workers feel healthier – and happier.
The workplace self-review tool is the brainchild of county sports and physical activity partnership Energize, based at Frankwell Quay in Shrewsbury.
It challenges companies to answer 10 simple questions, then produces a tailor-made report with top tips, and links to additional support services and resources.
Ben Harper, Energize senior sports manager, said: “Our motto for being physically active in the workplace is – if you’re not doing anything, try to do something. And if you’re already doing something, try to do a little more.
“The aim of the online tool is to assess a company’s current position and provide some targeted advice and guidance to support staff to be more active, based on the answers to our 10 simple questions.”
It looks at a series of issues, including ‘active travel’ to the workplace such as cycling and walking, opportunities for subsidised or discounted activities, and the importance of having a workplace physical activity policy in place.
It also explores whether companies have considered offering flexible working hours to allow staff to include sport or physical activity in their daily routines more easily.
And it suggests ways of helping desk-based staff to spend less time sitting in one position for long hours during the working day.
Ben said: “Working to help people be less sedentary in the workplace means they are more likely to be retained, have increased productivity, be less stressed and have a lower chance of Type 2 diabetes.
“Flexible working is something many more businesses are moving to, as they can see the huge benefits for their staff in terms of fitting in their working productivity times in with their lives.”
He added: “Having a member of your team that can drive forward and lead your workplace physical activity is important, but this can be an informal role.
“This person doesn’t need to be qualified in leading physical activity or have a background in this work, but enthusiasm and a proactive attitude and a willingness to help people if essential.
“If companies feel they need extra support to get things up and running, Energize can provide a free one-to-one advice and guidance meeting, staff training or ‘Energize Your Workforce’ consultant to come and work in your business.”
To fill in the 10 questions and get your company’s report, go to energizestw.org.uk/workplace-self-assessment/