Four Actions Employers Can Take to Get Employees Moving
To better tap into the physical activity landscape among corporate America, The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) along with Validic, a healthcare technology company, commissioned a nationwide survey, Increasing Employee Physical Activity at Work which surveyed both employers and employees.
For employers that are interested in ensuring their physical activity programs and social support offerings align with what truly motivates employees to lead healthy and active lifestyles, the results of the survey shed a light on potential best practices. What follows is an exploration of survey results with four specific recommendations for leveraging these new findings to help employees move more and sit less.
- Provide the programs your employees really care about. 66% of employees surveyed said they would be more physically active at work if their employer implemented policies to allow work time for being physically active.
- Encourage the use of wearable fitness devices. 90% of employees surveyed said they believe wearable fitness devices encourage employees to be more physically active.
- Provide the right kind of incentives. 66% of employees surveyed said they would be more physically active at work if their employer implemented policies to allow work time for being physically active.
- Provide the right social support programs. 90% of employees surveyed said they wanted their employers to provide opportunities for social support for being more active.
If policy change is not an option, there are programs designed to support employees in moving more while at work without needing long breaks for organized fitness including WELCOA’s On the Move platform.
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