There are many ways workplaces can use the work environment to encourage people to stand up and get more active.
- Move chairs out of meeting rooms or stack them at one end so sitting isn't the default option.
- Make stairwells more attractive so staff are more likely to use them.
- Display Sit less, move more resources in break rooms, working areas and by the stairs.
- Consider installing a standing-height table in a meeting room or break room.
- Support staff who would like alternatives to chairs, such as Swiss balls or standing desks.
- Provide headsets that allow workers to move about during long phone calls.
- Site water coolers away from work areas so people have to get up and walk to them.
- Centralise rubbish or recycling bins so people have to walk to them.
- Keep public transport travel cards at reception for staff to use – this will also save on taxi fares and promote physical activity.
- Keep wet weather gear at reception so people can still walk or bike even when it’s raining.
- Provide showers, changing areas and lockers at work so staff can walk/run/cycle to work and/or be physically active during the day.
- Provide bike racks that are lockable, convenient and accessible.
- Invest in bikes or scooters for people to ride to local meetings.
- Got room (and budget) for a gym? Provide one on site.
- Set up a basketball hoop or table tennis area to be used in break times.