Active Lincolnshire challenged workplaces to get involved in Self Care Week, 12-16th November, by getting their employees active.
Incorporating activity into the working day helps improve staff morale and health (both physical and mental). It promotes incidental activity that has to be neither planned nor paid for, allowing more adults to get active every day and also to catch up and talk in a more relaxed and unconventional setting.
Active Lincolnshire suggested companies could hold walking meetings, stretching sessions before meetings or use active transport and the workplaces in Lincolnshire did not disappoint.
Multiple organisations took the challenge into their own hands and shared their experience through social media. Grantham Tennis were the first to get on board, deciding to brave the cold and the wind for a walking meeting, swiftly followed by NHS Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group and One NK who all got active outdoors walking.
Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Co-op decided to test out the concept of stretching sessions before meetings, which helps to get the blood circulating and switches on the brain better than coffee.
The Public Health Division of the Lincolnshire City Council took it a step further bringing in a specialist in Qigong to lead them in a session which combines meditative and physically active elements.
Last but not least was Linkage Community Trust who went above and beyond, combining the our workplace challenge with Children in Need cycle challenge, encouraging their staff to take active lunch breaks and raising money for charity all at the same time.
Active lunch breaks and meetings are the first step for businesses to encourage a more active workforce, demonstrating to staff that the company values employee’s mental and physical health as well as their work output. The importance of moving more throughout the day cannot be overstated and we are delighted to see so many companies willing to lead by example.
Thank you to all companies that took part and we hope you continue to foster an active environment for your employees.