REDUCING SEDENTARY TIME
Replacing personal printers with work community’s shared printers, or moving personal printers from within reach to a distance that requires standing up and taking a couple of steps. Daily steps can be added also by introducing central coffee machines.
Introducing alternative seats, such as therapy balls, saddle or wobble chairs, or balance cushions to enable active sitting for employees with a sedentary work
Making active sitting the default option by placing the introduced alternative seats (see the previous means) in front of desks
Making working by standing the default option, for example, by commonly agreeing on a practice of leaving height-adjustable desks in the upper position at the end of the day. Until this practice becomes an automatic habit, employees can be reminded to adjust their desk height by attaching sticky notes on easily noticeable spots on their workstations.
Introducing light exercise equipment, such as gym sticks, balance boards, resistance bands, or hanging bars, for employees to use, and placing this equipment on salient spots where employees typically pause for a moment and an opportunity for a short exercise break occurs. Such spots could be, for example, by the printer, micro, kettle, or coffee maker.
Encouraging stair-use by making the stairwell more visible and attractive, for example, with music, artwork, paintings, plants, and/or lighting. The effectiveness of this action can be increased by combining it with motivational messages and/or using directional signs (see section: Strengthen knowledge and skills).
Creating active meetings by enabling physical activity in the meeting room. In practice, this could be done by arranging enough room for standing up, moving around, and stretching. Physical activity can further be encouraged by introducing height-adjustable desks and alternative seats, such as therapy balls, saddle or wobble chairs, exercise bikes, or balance cushions on regular chairs. Moving chairs and standing up silently without disturbance can be enabled by attaching pads or wheels under chair feet.
ACTIVE COMMUTING AND EXERCISE AT WORK
Facilitating bicycle commuting by arranging facilities to park and lock bicycles
Facilitating bicycle commuting and physical activity during working hours by introducing workplace bicycles that can be borrowed for commuting or for running work-related errands
Facilitating physical activity during or immediately before or after working hours by arranging showers and dressing rooms for employees
Arranging sports facilities at the workplace, for example, a gym or a wellbeing room with light exercise equipment, such as gym sticks, resistance bands, balance boards, and stall bars together with illustrated instructions on how to use them
Enabling employees whose work includes frequent travelling to have accommodation with sports facilities, such as a swimming pool or a gym
Employers and managers can facilitate employees to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle patterns by cultivating positive attitudes towards wellbeing and health. This way they can contribute to building a social environment in which healthy choices are socially approved, highly valued, and supported by all employees. This starts with using positive words and sharing encouraging thoughts when talking about wellbeing and health.
Employers and managers can facilitate employees to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle patterns by openly approving of and encouraging employees to act in wellbeing-supporting ways both at work and on leisure time, and by motivating employees to use the opportunities the workplace provides for doing this. In practice, this could mean, for example, encouraging employees to perform some stretching once in a while to maintain concentration and vitality – and indeed acting as a role model.