Encouraging stair-use with motivational messages, for example, via posters placed on the point-of-choice between the stairs and the elevator or the escalator. Some tips for designing effective prompts:

  • Use positively framed messages that highlight the benefits of using stairs. Since not all employees are interested in fitness, health, weight, and energy expenditure, messages related to other benefits, such as saving time and electricity may be more effective.
  • Include both text and images on posters.
  • Medium (A1−A0) and large (>A0) sized posters are easier to notice, and hence likely to be more effective than smaller ones (A5−A2).

The effectiveness of these messages can be increased by combining them with the enhancement of stairwell attractiveness (see section: Create supportive working environment) and/or using directional signs (see the following means).